(Germany: ca. 1100). 130 x 204 mm. (5 1/8 x 8"). Single column, 13 extant lines in a late Caroline hand.
Rubrics in red. ◆Recovered from a binding and thus noticeably browned, stained, and vaguely wavy, one side somewhat faded, several small holes (just two touching any letters), other imperfections, but still a very presentable specimen, the ink especially dark on one side, and legible on both.
This is an early fragment in a distinctive hand, lacking the heaviness of other scripts of the period, and with a feeling of the elongated grace of the humanistic. Despite having previously been used as a binding scrap, the fragment remains definitely readable, partly because of the clarity of the scribal hand. Elected pope in 590, Gregory I (ca. 540-604), also known as Gregory the Great, was one of the most influential pontiffs in the history of the Church. In addition to revising liturgical worship, he wrote extensively on theology, offering homespun wisdom rather than esoteric debates. His "Homilies on the Gospels" were intended to be preached to common people (rather than a monastic audience), and, as a consequence, were greatly admired for their straightforward language and pastoral relevance. (ST18310c)