>hile you're looking, does the lady say anything on the subject of
_Gonotiernus_ or _Gonothigernus_ ?
Not that I can make out; but I'm really in over my head here as I don't fully
understand the method to this madness.
The work appears to be laid out according to Postleian protothemes, which are
briefly described/translated; followed by the numerous orthographic and
I've scanned a relevant page and put it on a website, for the idly
curious and on the off-chance that you or some larned collegue here could
suggest where to look for the "GONO-" prototheme (if that's what it is), the
"-tiernus/-thigernus" deuterotheme (if that's what *it* is), and, in general,
give me a clue as to how to better use this remarkable resource:
Failing that, I note that the GC (X, c. 1382) has a brief entry among the
Bishops of Senlis, which I submit in full:
"XII. Hodiernus. Sic in sacramento, qui Gonotigernus Cointio et aliis,
Fredigernus et Frodigerius. Sane Gonotigernus subscripsit synodo V
Aurelianensi [Orléans] anno 549, et Parisiensi III anno 557."
With the marginal note: "Tom. 5. Concil. Labb. col. 399 et 818."
Apparently (from p. 1382) the "sacramento" in question is/was a "codex
MS. Sacramentarii sancti Gregorii" given to Charlemagne by Adrian I, with a
marginal list of the Bishops of S. from the time of B. Hadebert (IX. c.); at
the time of the GC's writing this ms was no longer in Senlis but
in the Bibl. S. Genevieve in Paris, so it may have survived. (I know not from
As noted by the GC, the text of subscribers to the councils of Orléans
and Paris as given by Labbe offers "Gonotigernus/Gonothigernus [respectively]
ep. ecc. Sil. subscripsi".
All of which leads me to believe (assuming that I've made sufficient
sense out of the GC's Latin) that the "Hodiernus" form does not predate the
Though neither Labbe nor Mansi (both of which I checked) offer a clue as to
what their ms sources were, I'm inclined to trust them
orthographically speaking and say the guy's name was Gonot[h]igernus in the
6th c., mutating--through some linguistic gymnastics which I can't begin to
fathom--to Hodiernus in the 9th.
Does this make sense to anyone?
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