The Rule of Benedict in Early Manuscripts

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Written in the 6th century, the earliest copy of the Rule of Benedict dates from the late 8th century and is now held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. This board will gather links to the earliest copies of the Rule in manuscript form.

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A copy of the Rule of Benedict from the Library at Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland. Middle English, Spiritual Teachers, French Alps, 16th Century, Switzerland, Writing, Monograms, Culture, Image

e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. On the e-codices site, complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts are linked with corresponding scholarly descriptions.

 914 is one of the most authoritative for the language of the text. It opens with the word "Obsculta" (not "ausculta" as in many manuscripts). It dates from the first third of the century. Change, Texts, Vintage World Maps, Language, Writing, Words, Dates, Third, Ms

e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. On the e-codices site, complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts are linked with corresponding scholarly descriptions.

A brief excerpt (chapter 4 only) from the Rule of Benedict, copied in the century. From the Library at the Abbey of Einsiedeln, Switzerland. Switzerland, Writing, History, Book, Language, Books, Historia, Book Illustrations, Writing Process

e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. On the e-codices site, complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts are linked with corresponding scholarly descriptions.

 915 is significant as it provides one of the earliest translations of the text into another language, in this case into Old High German. From the late or early century. Texts, Ms, German, Language, Writing, Deutsch, German Language, Speech And Language, Language Arts

e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. On the e-codices site, complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts are linked with corresponding scholarly descriptions.

From the Bavarian State Library (Munich), Clm. A copy of the Rule of Benedict. Munich, Writing, Image, Romanesque, Writing Process

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From the Bavarian State Library (Munich), Clm. 28118. A 9th-century copy of the Rule of Benedict.

A color version of Bavarian State Library (Munich, Germany), clm This is a late copy of the Rule of Benedict. Illuminated Manuscript, Printing On Fabric, Miniature, Munich Germany, Prints, Image, Faith, Color, Ottonian

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A color version of Bavarian State Library (Munich, Germany), clm 19408. This is a late 8th-century copy of the Rule of Benedict.

A copy of the Rule of Benedict at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. The elaborate word puzzle is fun to decode. Word Puzzles, Bnf, Paris, Writing, Word Riddles, Writing Process

Regula sancti Benedicti - De ratione et ordine solemnitatum ac festivitatum - Martyrologium

Regula sancti Benedicti - De ratione et ordine solemnitatum ac festivitatum - Martyrologium -- 0901-0915 -- manuscrits

 Hatton The uncial script, found here in the Rule of St Benedict, was a majoscule script, typical from the early medieval period of the Century. Copyrights belong to Bodleian. Rule Of St Benedict, Medieval Manuscript, Ms, Oxford England, Writing, Digital, Period, Collections, Link

Digital Bodleian

The earliest complete copy of the Rule of Benedict, copied around the year 700. This still about 150 years after Benedict died! Ms. Hatton 48 at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. The link for this image takes you to the main digital collections screen at the Bodleian. None of the "Luna" links appeared to work as a permanent resource.

copy of the Rule of Benedict, from the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. 11th Century, Bnf, Paris, Writing, Writing Process

1.° Regula sancti Benedicti. — 2.° Evaristi, Papae, epistola ad Aegyptios

1.° Regula sancti Benedicti. — 2.° Evaristi, Papae, epistola ad Aegyptios -- 1001-1100 -- manuscrits

 Latin 4339 from the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. No date found, but looks pretty early. Bnf, Dating, Paris, Personalized Items, Pretty, Qoutes

1.° Regula sancti Benedicti : conjectae ad marginem et ad calcem glossae. — 2.° Necrologium quod videtur esse abbatiae sancti Benigni Divionensis : nomina pleraque deleta sunt. — 3.° Rubricae ad usum Monachorum, fortasse ejusdem abbatiae sancti Benigni. — Hujusce codicis pars prior duodecimo saeculo, altera decimo tertio videtur exarata.

1.° Regula sancti Benedicti : conjectae ad marginem et ad calcem glossae. — 2.° Necrologium quod videtur esse abbatiae sancti Benigni Divionensis : nomina pleraque deleta sunt. — 3.° Rubricae ad usum Monachorum, fortasse ejusdem abbatiae sancti Benigni. — Hujusce codicis pars prior duodecimo saeculo, altera decimo tertio videtur exarata. -- -- manuscrits

Prologue, in the Rule of St Benedict, from the British Library. Harley MS From around the year Medieval Books, Medieval Manuscript, Illuminated Manuscript, Make A Survey, Rule Of St Benedict, Ottonian, Images Of Christ, Show Of Hands, Carolingian

Prologue, in the Rule of St Benedict, from the British Library. Harley MS 5431. From around the year 1000.

The more common variant of the Rule of Benedict in medieval manuscripts starts with "Ausculta" ("listen"). 916 dates from the to centuries. La Reproduction, Medieval Manuscript, 11th Century, Writing, Dates, Ms, Writing Process

e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

The goal of e-codices is to provide free access to all medieval and a selection of modern manuscripts of Switzerland by means of a virtual library. On the e-codices site, complete digital reproductions of the manuscripts are linked with corresponding scholarly descriptions.

Late manuscript at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany. Munich Germany, Image

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Late 8th-century manuscript at the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany.