Avranches, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 108 Defensor, Liber scintillarum. Commentary on the Pauline Epistles

  • Latin
  • s. ix2
  • Continental manuscripts
  • vellum
A manuscript, now badly damaged, of Defensor’s Liber scintillarum and a commentary on the letters of St Paul.
Provenance and related aspects
s. ix2
Second half of the 9th century (Bischoff).
Origin, provenance
Origin: France, north-centralFrance, north-central
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Middle or northern France.

Provenance: France, northFrance, north
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Mont-Saint-Michel abbey
Mont-Saint-Michel abbey
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The manuscript was at Mont Saint-Michel by the 12th century at the latest (see f. 105r) (Bischoff).

Hands, scribes
A different hand, perhaps of the 10th century, writes on the last page of the manuscript (fol. 126v): Gotlenus monachus [scripsit?] (Bischoff). Earlier readings for this name in the Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France include Goilenus and an expanded form, Gosselenus.
Codicological information
24.5 cm × 20.5 cm
Palaeographical information
Bischoff notes, without further explanation, that the drawing of a saint at the bottom of f. 13v is “in keltischem Stil”.
126 leaves
The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] Bibliothèque virtuelle du Mont Saint-Michel, Online: Université Caen Normandie, ...–present. URL: <>.
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Secondary sources (select)

Bischoff, Bernhard, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen), vol. 1: Aachen–Lambach, Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für die Herausgabe der mittelalterlichen Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998.
Bischoff, Bernhard, “[VII] Vom Ende der Welt und vom Antichrist (I); Fragment einer Jenseitsvision (II) (Zehntes Jahrhundert)”, in: Bernhard Bischoff (ed.), Anecdota novissima: Texte des vierten bis sechzehnten Jahrhunderts, 7, Stuttgart: Karl W. Hiersemann, 1984. 80–84.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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