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Sacramentary of Fulda

  • Fulda, early 11th century; parchment; mm 240 × 210; ff. 116 + I.
  • Udine, Archivio Capitolare, 1.

Written and miniated in Fulda for the Bremen-Hamburg diocese, the codex arrived in Friuli during Poppo’s patriarchy.

The Sacramentary was probably manufactured for the Bremen-Hamburg diocese; this can be inferred by the emphasis given on a decorated page to the mass of St. Willehad (f. 69v), the patron saint of that diocese. The manuscript was at Aquileia probably already in the first half of the eleventh century, perhaps at the time of patriarch Poppo (1019-1042), whose name is connected with the Evangelistary that was also manufactured at Fulda and would soon after come to the patriarchal city (file IV.1). This work, together with others, passed from the Chapter of Aquileia to the Chapter of Udine, in 1751, upon the patriarchy suppression.

The manuscript, a Gregorian sacramentary, was carried out through the cooperation of two scribes of the monastery of Fulda. Its rich decoration is made up of a large number of decorated initials and pages with miniatures that give prominence to the main celebrations of the liturgical year and the feasts of some saints: St. Boniface baptises the Frisians and the Saint’s martyrdom (f. 42v); the Announcement to Zacharias and the Baptist’s naming (f. 46r); St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s martyrdom (f. 47r); St. Lawrence’s martyrdom (f. 53r); All Saints’ Day (f. 66v); St. Martin gives his mantle and Christ appears to him in a dream (f. 70r); St. Andrew’s martyrdom (f. 71v).

Country of locationItaly
Library / CollectionArchivio Capitolare
Support materialParchment
Extent ff. 116 + I
Formatmm 240 × 210.
Place of originFulda
AgeEarly 11th century
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