Fulda, Landesbibliothek, MS Bonifatianus 3 Cadmug gospels

  • Latin
  • Irish
  • s. viii/ixin
  • Continental manuscripts containing Irish

Pocket-sized gospel book.

Bonifatianus 3
Cadmug gospels
Gospel book
Provenance and related aspects
Latin Secondary: Irish
s. viii/ixin
On palaeographical grounds, W. M. Lindsay dates the manuscript to the beginning of the 8th century. Kuno Meyer, who suggests that the Irish glosses are contemporary with the main text, observes a number of late forms (e.g. sodain as opposed to soáin) and on this basis, tentatively argues for a later date, round about the beginning of the 9th century.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
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Ireland? Fulda? “Dass sie aus Irland stammt, darüber kann meines Erachtens kein Zweifel herrschen. So hartes und durchlöchertes Pergament ist auf dem Kontinent wohl nie verwendet worden.” (Meyer).
Provenance: GermanyGermany

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Hands, scribes
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An Irish scribe identifies himself as Cadmug (‘cadmug scripsit’). This may be the copyist or the scribe who wrote the exemplar.
16 glosses in Old Irish, written in the same hand as that of the main text.
Codicological information
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.] FulDig: Fuldaer Digitale Sammlungen, Online: Hochschul- und Landesbibliothek Fulda, ?–present. URL: <>.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno, “Neu aufgefundene altirische Glossen”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 8 (1912): 173–177.
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Glosses in Irish.

Secondary sources (select)

Hausmann, Regina, Die theologischen Handschriften der Hessischen Landesbibliothek Fulda bis zum Jahr 1600. I. Codices Bonifatiani 1-3, Aa 1-145a, Die Handschriften der Hessischen Landesbibliothek Fulda, 1, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1992.
– Manuscripta Mediaevalia: <link>
McNamara, Martin, Studies on texts of early Irish Latin gospels: A.D. 600–1200, Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, 20, Steenbrugge, Turnhout, Dordrecht: Abbatia S. Petri, Kluwer, 1990.  
Chapters: 1. History of research (1–11); 2. Background of Irish Latin gospel renderings (12–34); 3. Echternach marginalia and the Irish gospel text (35–101); 4. The Echternach and Mac Durnan gospels: some common readings and their significance (102-111) [previously published in Peritia 6/7]; 5. Select collation of two St Gallen manuscripts (112–178); 6. Cadmug and other gospel texts (179–214); 7. Biblical text of the Catechesis Celtica (215–243); Some concluding reflections, (244-256).
Thole, Eva-Maria, Herbert Köllner, and Arthur Brall, Die Schausammlung der Hessischen Landesbibliothek Fulda: ein Begleitbuch, 2nd ed., Veröffentlichungen der Hessischen Landesbibliothek, 2, Fulda: Hessische Landesbibliothek, 1981.
Lowe, E. A., Codices Latini antiquiores: a palaeographical guide to Latin manuscripts prior to the ninth century. Part 8: Germany. Altenburg – Leipzig, Codices Latini Antiquiores, 8, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959.
Lindsay, W. M., Early Irish minuscule script, Saint Andrews University Publications, 6, Oxford, 1910.  
Reprinted in 1971 (Hildesheim).
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4–10, Plate III
Scherer, Carl, “Die Codices Bonifatiani in der Landesbibliothek zu Fulda”, in: Gregor Richter, and Carl Scherer, Festgabe zum Bonifatius-Jubiläum, Fulda: Fuldaer Actiendruckerei, 1905. 1–37.
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April 2012, last updated: December 2022