G7LDB - Gregory 7th Letter Database
Database of the Letters of Pope Gregory VII (1073-1085): Which letter is in which collection?

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Hypothetical collection Saint Omer collection

Common name of collectionSaint Omer collection
Type of collectionLetter collection (hypothetically) (explanation and all of this type)
Date (relevant parts)between 1080 and 1085
CommentaryThere are two manuscripts containing material of Gregory VII: Saint Omer 188 and Boulogne 72, both preserving the same items and both containing the same version of the texts which is significantly different from the one in the register. The manuscripts are clearly related. But how? Boulogne 72 contains some obvious mistakes and omissions, so it cannot be the ancestor of Saint Omer 188. The other way round is a little bit more likely, but there are three minor scribal errors in Saint Omer 188 where Boulogne 72 has the correct text. While a clever copyist could have correct them, it is unlikely that he would have re-ordered the items: In Saint Omer 188 Registrum VII, 16 is at the very end - written by a different hand. Whereas in Boulogne 72 Registrum VII, 16 is the fifth item. I guess the main scribe of the Gregory VII letters in Saint Omer 188 had simply forgotten to copy it and another canon supplemented it later, while Boulogne 72 preserved the correct order. (What makes it more complicated is that Registrum VII, 16 is also in Saint Omer 194 but in a version quite close to the register text. To be honest, I cannot explain that fact.) So, because I think a common ancestor of both manuscripts is likely to have existed, I dare to establish a new hypothetical collection which I call "Saint Omer collection".
I believe that the changes made in the letters are mostly done out of stylistic reasons. (Maybe as a kind of exercise.) I cannot find any (political) tendency/bias.
One important consequence is: Ep. vagans 24 (†? = suspicious) and Ep. vagans 41 (†? = suspicious), which are both only in the Saint Omer collection and its two descendants, are now under suspicion of being altered or even interpolated. See commentary to Ep. vagans 24 (†? = suspicious).
May have contained
(7 different items)
Name of letter Copied from here by Number, page, chapter... within collection Textual features

Registrum VI, 7

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

Ep. vagans 24 (†? = suspicious)

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

Registrum VI, 8

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

Registrum VI, 9

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

Registrum VII, 16

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

Registrum VI, 5b (No 'real' letter)

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

Ep. vagans 41 (†? = suspicious)

Boulogne 72

Saint Omer 188

See Saint Omer 188.

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Ep. vagans 24 (†? = suspicious)


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