Ms. MS 450
12th cent., Saint-Vaast, Arras
Facsimiles available: 50v - 52v
(c) Médiathèque Municipale d'Arras
A collection of forty-four Lives of Saints, arranged in the order of the ecclesiastical calendar, from Silvester to Peter and Paul, with occasional disturbances. [...] The Confessio and Epistola of St Patrick are not found under his feastday (March 17)1; they are inserted after the Life of St Fursa (January 22), who brought relics of St Patrick to his foundation Peronna ScottorumCf L. GOUGAUD Les saints irlandais hors d'Irlande (1936), 148.. The Patriciana occupy fol 50v-53r; two leaves are now missing2, one between fol 51 and 52, the other between fol 52 and 53. They were still in their places when a copy was taken from this codex by A. Denis S. J. for the Bollandist Daniel Papebroch, who edited v these texts in 16683. However, Papebroch has taken so great liberties with the text that his evidence, except for variants either explicitly acknowledged or confirmed by other witnesses, must be accepted with reserve.
The following table of content is taken from the recto of the first folio, written in a contemporanean handwriting, quoted from the Catalogue général4, and based on the description by Jules Quicherat:
Physical description: ^
Vellum. Folio. 107 foll. double cols. 48 lines.
[Quote from Catalogue général, p. 176.:] Relié parchemin blanc. Nervures. Tranche rognée. Vélin jaune, gratté; tracé au crayon. Deux colonnes. Rubriques en onciales. Grandes lettres au vermillon et à l'outremer, ornées dans le style roman.
[Quote from Bieler's introduction, pp. 8f]
Written in continental minuscule, saec. XII5, almost certainly in Northern FranceAmong the saints represented are Fursa, Amandus, Medardus, Remigius; the legend of St Remigius is placed between those of St Hilary (Jan. 13) and St Maur (Jan. 15), in accordance with the ecclesiastical calendar of Northern France, where the feast of St Remigius fell in the middle of January, not, as elsewhere in the Roman Church, on October 1. — The appendix contains a Vita s. Godehardi — probably a life of Godehard, bp. bishop of Hildesheim (d. 1028), who was canonized by Innocent II at the synod of Reims in 1132., but not necessarily at or for Saint-Vaast.