Montag, 17. Juni 2019, 17:15 - 19:00 iCal

238. Institutsseminar, Joanna Story

Insular manuscripts in Carolingian Francia before 850

Elise-Richter-Saal im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

In the period from c. AD 600–850 manuscripts written in the islands of Britain and Ireland were copied in scripts that are distinctive and diagnostic. These ‘Insular’ scripts were also used in monasteries founded by Irish and English missionaries to the Continent in the later seventh and eighth centuries. In the ninth century, these monasteries began to use the Caroline minuscule promulgated by Charlemagne’s reform, but the legacy of the Insular system of scripts can still be seen in manuscripts made in places such as Fulda up until the middle decades of the ninth century.

More than 840 Insular manuscripts or fragments survive in libraries across Europe and in the USA. More than half of these are housed in as many as 66 libraries and archives in German-speaking lands: Austria, Switzerland and Germany. This paper will focus on data arising from a current research project that concentrates on this corpus of manuscripts, exploring what they reveal about both the Insular contribution to the intellectual culture of Europe in the post Roman centuries, and the interconnectedness of Britain, Ireland and Francia in the age of Charlemagne.


Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung


Stefanie Gruber
Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung