Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, MS Generalia 1

  • s. viiiin
  • Irish manuscripts
An important manuscript of the Vita sancti Columbae by Adomnán
Collection: Generalia
Provenance and related aspects
s. viiiin
early 8th century
Origin, provenance
Hands, scribes
Dorbéne mac AltaíniDorbéne mac Altaíni
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.
See more
Dorbbeneus, commonly thought to refer to Dorbéne mac Altaíni (d. 713), abbot of Iona.
Later history
By the 10th century, the manuscript was housed in the Reichenau monastery (Picard).
Codicological information
Foliation / Pagination
71 folios

The list below has been collated from the table of contents (if available on this page)Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations concerning individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] “Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Gen. 1”, Flüeler, Christoph [project director], and Urs Baumann [photographer] (et al.), e-codices: virtual manuscript library of Switzerland, Online: University of Freiburg. URL: <>.
[facs.] Bracken, Damian, and Eric Graff, The Schaffhausen Adomnán, 2 vols, Cork: Cork University Press, 2008-2014.
For editions of the text, see Vita sancti Columbae (Adomnán)

Secondary sources (select)

Picard, J. M., “The Schaffhausen Adomnán—a unique witness to Hiberno-Latin”, Peritia 1 (1982): 216–249.
Picard, Jean-Michel, “Schaffhausen Generalia 1 and the textual transmission of Adomnán’s Vita Columbae on the continent”, in: Ní Chatháin, Próinséas, and Michael Richter (eds.), Ireland and Europe in the early Middle Ages: texts and transmissions / Irland und Europa im früheren Mittelalter: Texte und Überlieferung, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002. 95–102.
Dennis Groenewegen
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