Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, MS C 5 inf Antiphonary of Bangor
- s. vii3/3 / s. viiiin
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An early Irish liturgical manuscript containing a collection of Latin hymns and canticles, collects and antiphons. It is traditionally thought to have been written at the monastery of Bangor (Bennchor, Co. Down) during or close to the time of the abbacy of Crónán (r. 680-691). On palaeographical grounds, it has been dated to c.700. At some time, the manuscript was brought to the continent, if it did not originate there, and kept at Bobbio until the foundation of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, to which it was transferred in c.1606.
Muratori, who examined the manuscript in the Ambrosian library and produced its first edition, referred to it as Antiphonarium Benchorense, ‘Antiphonary of Bangor’. While strictly speaking, this title is not accurate, it has stuck to this day.
abbot of Bangor (680-691); moccu Chualne (AU), maccu Caulne (AT).
See more See comments above. The monastery of Bangor features prominently in the form of the Versiculi familiae Benchuir, a hymn in honour of Comgall and said hymn enumerating the first 15 abbots of Bangor. From 795 AD on, the monastery was prone to Viking attacks, to which it finally succumbed. It is not known when it left Bangor, whether this occurred before or after the onset of the attacks, or indeed because of the attacks, but it must have been removed by the end of the period.
Italian cardinal, later archbishop of Milan, founder of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan (est. 1606, opened 1609),
See more Ludovico Antonio MuratoriMuratori (Ludovico Antonio)
See more When Federico Borromeo (1564-1631), cardinal and archbishop of Milan, was establishing the Ambrosian Library (founded 1606), he persuaded the monks at Bobbio to have some 75 manuscripts, probably the antiphonary among them, transferred to this new environment in Milan. It was first edited by Ludovico Muratori.
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