Codex Frisianus (AM 45 fol.)- An Early 14th C Norwegian Manuscript

 From the  Codex Frisianus  (public domain, via Wikipedia Commons)

From the Codex Frisianus
(public domain, via Wikipedia Commons)

I would like to bring attention to an interesting Norwegian manuscript, The Codex Frisianus.  This manuscript is dated to the first quarter of the 14th century.  This Codex was possibly written in Norway by an Icelander (Unger, p. III), and contains most of the Heimskringla, with the exception of St. Olav’s saga (Unger, p. IV). 

The Codex Frisianus is richly illustrated with both larger and smaller decorated 14th C capitals.  The Manuscript can be downloaded as a .pdf file, and individual pages can be printed directly.  The book Codex Frisianus: en Samling af norske Konge-sagaer contains a short history/description of the manuscript, a transcription, as well as index.  The book is written in older Bokmål (Norwegian), and is in public domain, allowing for printing/downloads.

Resources:

  • Digitized Manuscripts at the Arnamagnæan Institute (webpage).  Accessed 21.07.2018.
  • Unger, C. R. Codex Frisianus: en Samling af norske Konge-sagaer.  Christiania : Malling, 1871. Accessed 21.07.2018
  • Public domain image from Codex Frisianus accessed at Wikipidia Commons 21.07.2018.

Thank you to Kerttu Katariinantytär Roisko for assistance in describing the style of capitals!

Online sources:

  • Front page linking to Digitized Manuscripts at the Arnamagnæan Institute: https://manuscript.ku.dk/about_the_manuscripts/digitised_manuscripts/
  • Digitized copy Codex Frisianus at the Arnamagnæan Institute: https://www.e-pages.dk/ku/806/
  • Codex Frisianus : en Samling af norske Konge-sagaer digitized at Nasjonalbiblioteket (Norway): https://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-nb_digibok_2014082208146
  • Image from Codex Frisianus (Public Domain) via Wikipidia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1029200