Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 8801

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 8801

Weltliches Recht im Frankenreich


Paris (France)
Bibliothèque Nationale
Lat. 8801

Siglum (by Eckhardt 1962): K 29

Digital image available at BnF


1st quarter of the 9th century (Eckhardt 1962 following Bischoff); 1st half of the 9th century, partly 10th century (Bischoff HA); ~1st/2nd quarter of the 9th century, presumably North France (Bischoff)

From Colbert's collection (6596). Regius: 6636.

Physical description:

Material: Parchment
Quires: 3.IV24 + (III-1)29 + IV37 + IV45 + (V-2)53 + IV61 + 5.I66. Quire numbers only in the second part: e (fol. 29v, emended from d) to n (fol. 62r)
Number: 66 foll.
Size: 150 x 90 mm (foll. 25-66)
Text block: 120 x 60 mm (foll. 25-66)
Lines: 15

Script: „mehrere grobe oder formlose“ hands (Bischoff) with only few ligatures (ct, st, re, et) and barely any variant forms (bei a, n, r). Red headings in uncial (illegible), 2-line high unadorned initials in Capitalis.
Binding: fair leather



  • 1r - 23v
    Martianus Capella, De astronomia
  • 23v - 24v
    Duodecim versus de arcto maiori (as Wien, ÖNB, Cod. 143). Incipit: Ad boree partes arcti utuntur et angues ... Explicit: ... de parte sinistra arietem gravi vocitant de nomine prisco.
  • 25r - 66v
    Lex Salica. Text tit. 19-49. Beginning illegible. Explicit: … alterius admoneat. Si vero cummonitus f//
The first part of the codex dates from the 13th century and might have been bound together with the second part only because of its small format. This is by far the smallest of Salic law manuscripts. At the beginning 4 quires or 32 leaves have been lost, as is evident from the quire numeration. Not much more than the beginning of the lex as well as the list of titles could have been written on the missing leaves. Consequently, this is one of the few Lex Salica manuscripts without any accompanying texts. [Karl Ubl]


  • Eckhardt 1962 p. XIX
  • McKitterick 1989 p. 50
  • Bischoff HA Fiche 31, 7.95 (p. 59), Fiche 32, 3.9 (p. 49)
  • Bischoff 2014 p. 146
  • Ganz 2015 p. 260
  • Ubl 2017 p. 226
  • Coumert 2023 p. 15, 343, 347-348
  • Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae 3,4, Paris 1744, p. 495.
  • Claudio Leonardi, I codici di Marziano Capella, in: Aevum 34 (1960), p. 1-99, 411-524, hier p. 440.
  • Patrick Wormald, The Making of English Law. King Alfred to the Twelfth Century, Oxford / Malden 1999, p. 58 n. 146, p. 65 n. 180.

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