About the Vienna Bede

Physical description

  • Material: Parchment
  • Dimensions: 300mm x 245mm
  • Condition: "The manuscript is in a bad condition, damaged by water and wormholes, and part of folio four has been cut away" (Bauer 2017, 30).
  • Folios count: 4
  • Foliation: Foliation in Arabic numerals is not visible on folio 1. Folio 2 is numbered in red on the bottom of column b and folio 3 in grey on the top of column b. Folio 4 is numbered twice on the bottom of column b: first in red and then in grey.
  • Layout: The folios usually have two columns and between 40-47 lines (depending on the condition of the folio).
  • Binding: 19th century library binding (half parchment)
  • Hand: One main hand in Insular minuscule. The name of the scribe is unknown.


  • Date: Late 8th to early 9th century.
  • Place: Unknown, but "somehow connected with the Karlsruhe Bede" (Dillon 1956, 341).
  • Provenance: Unknown before the 18th century.
  • Acquisition: There is no record of the acquisition of no. 2269. First catalogued in the 18th century. E cod. P.V.2269. [REc. 429.] fol. 1r

Selected bibliography

  • Bauer, Bernhard (2017). 'New and corrected MS readings of the Old Irish glosses in the Vienna Bede', in Ériu 67, 29-48.
  • Dillon, Myles (1956). 'The Vienna glosses on Bede', in Celtica 3, 340-345.
  • Stokes, Whitley (1872). Goidelica: Old and Early-Middle-Irish Glosses, Prose and Verse. London: Truebner and co, 51-53.
  • Stokes, Whitley and Strachan, John (1901-1903). Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus, vol. I and II. Cambridge: University Press.
  • Strachan, John (1902). 'The Vienna Fragments of Bede', in Revue Celtique 23, 40-49.
  • Zimmer, Heinrich (1881). Glossae Hibernicae. Würzburg: Weidmannos, 253-258.