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Fondation Martin Bodmer
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Cod. Bodmer 68
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Institutio canonicorum Aquisgranensis
Parchment · 155 ff. · 25.5 x 21.9 cm · Germany · first half of the 9th century
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Carolingian reform efforts responded to a desire to regularize religious orders by creating a unified rule for monastic life, the Concordia regularum of Benedict of Aniane. In the resulting course of events, an effort was made during the turn from the 9th to the 10th century to dinstinguish the monastic status from the canonical. In 816 Ludwig the Pious made the results of the Council of Aix public; the first part of the Institutio canonicorum presents the statutes of the church fathers and the previous councils, the second part explains the resolutions of the council. The task of putting this work into writing was long attributed to Amalarius of Metz, a student of Alcuin and advisor of Charlemagne; however, another author must be acknowledged for this work, which totals 118 chapters, some of which are extremely comprehensive: Benedict of Aniane is also supposed to have been a contributor. The manuscript held by the Fondation Martin Bodmer was copied only a few years after the original publication of the text (in the first half of the 9th century) in a very fine Carolingian script, and it belonged to the Benedictine Abbey of St. Jacob in Mainz. A full-page drawing portraying the crucifixion was added in the 12th or 13th century at the end of the book. (mes)
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Pellegrin Elisabeth, Manuscrits latins de la Bodmeriana, Cologny-Genève 1982, pp. 116-118.
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Bonnerue Pierre, "Le choix des modèles monastiques et canoniaux dans la législation religieuse du premier quart du IXe siècle", dans Ecrire son histoire : les communautés régulières face à leur passé, sous la dir. de Nicole Bouter, Publ. de l'Univ. de Saint-Étienne (Travaux et recherches / CERCOR, 18), Saint-Étienne, 2005, pp. 327-336.

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