Cathar manuscript. IE TCD MS 269 Public Deposited

Cathar manuscript. IE TCD MS 269

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 269
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • France?
Date Created
  • between approximately 1300-1499
Physical extent
  • 105mm x 137mm
  • ii, 78 folios
  • IE TCD MS 269 is a Cathar manuscript. Catharism was a Christian movement of medieval southern Europe which challenged the monotheism of the Catholic Church. The codex dates from around 1300-1499 - according to A. Brenon in 'Heresis' 13 (1990) 130, IE TCD MS 269, from the end of the 14th century, is the latest Cathar manuscript that we know. She also says, ibid., La Glose du Pater dans le Rituel de Dublin est particulièrement originale et pour tout dire obscure. F. Zambon, 'La cena segreta: trattati e rituali catari', (Milan, 1997), edits what is called La chiesa di dio on pp. 351-365, the comment on Padre Nostro on pp. 366-398, and La santa chiesa on pp. 399-400, all with use of the IE TCD MS 269 codex. It contains texts as follows: fols. 1-23r: L'eglise de Dieu. Tractatus contra peccata varia, or marks of the church ; fols. 24r-75r: La glose du pater - commentary on the Lord's prayer; fols. 66v, 67r, 75v: scribbles and sketches; fols. 76r-77r: Sancta Oleisa servis a dio; fols. 77v-78r: Easter table for 1376-1400, entirely in red ink: Sequitur numerus pascalis. M'o ccclxxvi die xiiii Aprilis - M'o cccc d(ie) xxvii Marc.1 vol. Decoration: There is rubrication throughout the text. The first letter, letter A, on fol. 1r, is in red ink and stands the full height of the written page. Has fine illumination, P of Pater Noster, on fol. 25r. Collation analysis: Collation eights except i2, ii8, iii8, iv6+1, v6+1. Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the MS here:
  • Bound in tan-coloured sheepskin
  • For IE TCD MS 269 see T. Venckeleer in 'Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire' 38 (1960) 815-834 and ibid. 39 (1961) 759-793; Deodat Roché, 'Un receuil cathare; le manuscrit A.6.10 de la collection vaudoise de Dublin', 'Cahiers d'études cathares', series II, no.46, (1970), pp. 3-40 with French translation; Anne Brenon, 'Syncrétisme hérétique dans les refuges alpins? Un livre cathare parmi les receuils vaudois de la fin du Moyen Âge: le manuscrit 269 de Dublin', 'Heresis' 7 (1980-1986), pp. 5-23; A. Brenon in 'Heresis' 9 (1987) 6; E. van Balberghe in 'Scriptorium' 42 (1988) no. 68; V. Gillespie in 'Latin and Vernacular: Studies in Late-Medieval Texts and Manuscripts', (Cambridge, 1989), 55, 58; Anne Brenon in 'Heresis' 13 (1990) 121, 130, 148; G. Hendrix in 'Scriptorium' 45 (1991) no. 599; A. Brenon in 'Heresis' 20 (1993) 33-50 passim; G. Brunel-Lobrichon in 'Mélanges de l'École française de Rome. Moyen Âge' 105.2 (1993) 848-855, esp. 848; cf. Y. Hagman in 'Heresis' 20 (1993) 13-31 and see esp. 14 n.5; Anne Brenon in 'R. Nelli, Écritures cathares', (Monaco, 1995), 263-273 passim, 274 n.1, 289 n.1, 321 n.2; 'Medioevo latino' 16 (1995) nos. 8408 and 8423; Anne Brenon, 'La parole cathare: un catechèse de l'évangile', in 'Catéchisme et confession de foi: actes du VIIIe colloque Jean Boisset', (Montpelier, 1995), pp. 99-121; P. Roy, 'Le consolament cathare (commentaires sur un fragment du rituel, le manuscrit 269 de Dublin', (Paris, 1996), see esp. pp. 127-128; Anne Brenon, 'Les cathares: pauvres du Christ ou apôtres du Satan?' ([Paris:] Gallimard, 1997), p. 98 has an illustration from the 'Rituel cathare de Dublin, prédication sur l'église de Dieu' (this caption on op cit p. 99) which appears to be from TCD MS 269 and is credited to Trinity College Dublin (but not the Board of Trinity College Dublin). Select photocopies: covers, title-page and its opposite, and 98-100, 102, 103, and 118-.; X. Hermand in 'Scriptorium' 57 (1997) no. 406; F. Zambon (ed.), 'La cena segreta: trattati e rituali catari', (Milan, 1997), 339-350, esp. 339-340; 'Medioevo latino' 19 (1998) no. 9437; 'Medioevo latino' 21 (2000) no. 11064; [Anne Brenon?], 'Catharisme l'edifice imaginaire: actes du 7e colloque du Centre D'Études Cathares Rene Nelli, Carcasonne, 29 aout-2 septembre 1994', ([Villegly]: Centre d'etudes cathares, 1998). Contributors appear to be: Jean-Claude Helas; Jacques Berlioz; Janice Valls-Russel; Katja Roggenbuck and Anne Brenon; E. Riparelli, 'Heresis' 34 (2001) 77-129, esp. 77-81; E. Riparelli in 'Atti dell'Istituto veneto di scienze, lettere ed arti' 160 (2001-2002) 35-69, 263-314; 'Bibliographie Annuelle du Moyen Âge Tardif' 12 (2002) no. 1641.
Finding aid
  • James Ussher, by 1635, had purchased TCD 269, along with manuscripts in Vaudois, from an unknown French jurisconsult. There are inscriptions of former owners on fols i verso and ii recto. This codex was once thought to be Waldensian.
Resource type
  • ink
  • vellum (parchment)
  • sheepskin
Digital Object Id
  • MS269_001
  • 0094275


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