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Merton College MS. 13

Former shelfmark: A. 1. 1



Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: qui mihi
Secundo Folio: (f. 15) dignum duximus
Three originally independent books, of which II is split by the insertion of III. I itself is in two parts, united by large red headings in the same hand. The first part may originally have followed the second, as it is in a rougher hand and is less decorated. All parts were together by s. xv.
Extent: 252 leaves (iii + 248, incl. 231A)
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 190 mm.
The edges savagely retrimmed, with loss of text and running heads, and spattered with red. f. 231A lacks the outer col., but no text.
Foliation: Foliation of s. xv runs ii (mod. 3) – xxiiii (25), xxxviii (26) – clxxxxiiii (183), clxxxxvi (184) – cclvi (243), omitting modern f. 101 by mistake.


a bifolium / 112(lacks 12) / 212 / 312(lacks 1), 318(4 and 15 half-leaves), 4-812, 914, 10-1312, 1410(lacks 8), 1512 / 16-1812, 1914(lacks 12-14) / a bifolium.


All parts written in anglicana: the two parts of I are in two similar hands; II is in a single hand, and III is in one hand or several similar ones.


Rough red initials and titles; red highlighting and paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-iii, 246-8 are paper binding leaves, the first two and the last from a printed Latin-English dictionary, s. xvi. On f. iiiv is a table of contents, s. xvii.

Accompanying Material

ff. 1-2 are the third and fourth leaves of a quire from another book, s. xiii, containing a treatise on legal procedure. There are remains of quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form: v iii and v iiii. Written space 205 × 100 mm., ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 52 lines; written in a small note-hand; a blue initial flourished in red, prominent red or green paraphs, flourished in the other colour. At the head of f. 2 a later hand has added ‘Ordinatum est quod tria grana ordei sicca et rotunda faciunt pollicem ...’.


Provenance and Acquisition

All parts made in England, probably for a parish priest. At the head of f. 245v is ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ ut incathenetur in libraria eiusdem ex dono Magistri Henrici Seuer sacre theologie professoris. Oretis igitur pro eo’, in an anglicana hand influenced by humanistica. For Sever, see MS 6. Near the foot of this leaf, towards the spine, is a rust-mark presumably from a chain-staple of uncertain form. Inside the front board is a long table of contents and ‘N. 2. 1. Art’, s. xvii. Pasted on is a sheet of paper with pencilled ‘N. 2. 1’, canc. and replaced with ‘A. 1. 1. (XIII)’ in red. The College bookplate.

Merton College MS. 13 - Part I (fols. 3-13, 198-243)


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 3-13v)
Draft sermons
1.1. (fols. 3-5)
Incipit: Qui mihi ministrat me sequitur. Io. 15. In his uerbis notantur duo; primum est Christo debita administracio
1.2. (fol. 5r-v)
Rubric: De natura angelorum
Incipit: Nota super in S. angelis suis mandauit Deus &c. Notandum quod quia triplex est ierarchia celestis una est suprema
1.3. (fol. 6)
Incipit: ⟨D⟩eus caritas est ... ; Ysidorus Expedit iam probatos amare non amatos probare ...
1.4. (fols. 6v-7v)
Incipit: ⟨V⟩erbo Domini celi firmati sunt &c. Tria in hiis uerbis sunt notari primum omnium sacre scripture dignitas
1.5. (fol. 8rv)
Incipit: Ecce reges terre congregati sunt. Ecce postillis ad uerbum demonstratum reges dicuntur prelati ecclesie
1.6. (fol. 9rv)
Incipit: Fuit in diebus Herodis sacerdos quidam ...; Iste sacerdos commendatur autem 4. que debentur omnibus sacerdotibus
1.7. (fols. 9v-10)
Incipit: Iohannes est nomen eius. In uerbis istis commendatur sanctus iste quoad duo scilicet quoad sullimitatem uite

The originally blank f. 10 col. 2 was filled with legal documents, apparently as pen-trials, s. xiv ex. One of these is a letter of William bishop of Lincoln dated 29 April 1371, but there was no William bishop of Lincoln then. Another names ‘Willelmus Ingram miles de Stapiletone’ and ‘Symon Attenoke’.

1.8. (fols. 10v-11v)
Incipit: Erat magnus coram Domino ...; Quattuor modis ostenditur prerogatiua uel magnitudo Iohannis primo ratione originis humane
1.9. (fols. 11v-12)
Incipit: Es tu Christus ...; Hac si diceretur quoniam distat inter uocem et istum cuius est uox
1.10. (fol. 12rv)
Incipit: Magis mortem gloriosam quam uitam odibilem ... ; Per istum sermonem tria possunt nominari. Primum est finis lauda⟨bile⟩ generositas
1.11. (fol. 13rv)
Incipit: Corona est Maria. Per illum sermonum possunt duo notari primum est de interpretacione huius nominis Maria

For items 2, 51-4 see Part II.

For items 3-50 see Part III.

55. (fols. 198-208v)
Eight sermons on Ioh. 17: 1-26, extracted from Augustine, Tractatus in Iohannis Euang., 104. 2 – 111. 6
55.1. (fols. )
Rubric: Incipit sermo primus beati Augustini in oratione
Incipit: Subleuatis Iesus oculis ...; Poterat Dominus coeternus Pater iustificare sermo
Incipit: Glorificatum a patre filium secundum formam serui
Incipit: De hiis uerbis Domini sicut ipse donauerat
Incipit: Cum de hiis quos iam discipulos habebat
Incipit: Loquens adhuc Dominus ad patrem et orans pro discipulis suis
Incipit: Dominus Iesus iam sua propinquante passione
Incipit: Cum Dominus Iesus orasset pro discipulis quos tunc secum habebat
Incipit: In magnam spem Dominus suos erigit
Explicit: esset homo factus corpus eius sumus
Final rubric: Finita est Saluatoris oratio amen
56. (fols. 208v-12v)
Ps.-Bernard, Speculum Conscientiae
Incipit: Consciencia in qua est anima perpetua permansura edificanda est
Explicit: si uolueris queuis malas cogitaciones a corde expellere hoc sepius cogita liberaberis Deo gratias
Final rubric: Explicit liber consciencie uel confessionis beati Bernardi abbatis

Without the prologue. Beg. as PL 184. 509, but the text here differs markedly from that in PL. Bloomfield 1787; many different titles and copies.

57. (fols. 213-30)
Robert Holcot, Conuertimini
Incipit: Conuertimini ad me in toto corde uestro. Ioel i. c. Et nota quod iiii. requiruntur ad hoc quod peccator conuertatur
Explicit: (ends unfinished in Hortamur uos) perdunt quasi eorum ymagines in corde

unpr.; Bloomfield 0989, not this copy. On f. 212v are capitula .

58. (fols. 230v-43v)
Constitutiones Clementinae
Incipit: Fidei catholice fundamento preter quod teste apostolo nemo potest aliter ponere firmiter inherentes
Explicit: (ends unfinished in 3. 10. 2) extra sublata actione quacunque ad confessionem

Preceded by capitula . E. Friedberg, Corpus Iuris Canonici (2 vols, Leipzig, 1897, 1881), II, pp. 1132-67.

The bifolium ff. 244-5 contains (a) on f. 244rv a table of contents to the whole book, s. xv, showing that the ‘Speculum presbiterorum’ (presumably Bloomfield 4923) began on the original f. 27, and is now lost; the next item began on the original f. 37; (b) on ff. 244v-5 a subject-index to the lost ‘Speculum’, plus three entries for the next art.

Physical Description

Form: codex


Written space 200-30 × 150-70 mm. , frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols, written in c. 40 lines.


Origin: S. XIV ; England

Merton College MS. 13 - Part II (fols. 14-25, 186-197)


Language(s): Latin

2. (fols. 14-23v; 24-5v blank)
Vita S. Augustini
Rubric: Incipit uita sancti Augustini magni doctoris et episcopi Yponensis instructoris canonicorum
Incipit: Beatum Augustinum magnum fuisse doctorem catholicum et pre cuncta laudabilis papa Celestinus hiis uerbis asseruit
Explicit: (ends unfinished) Nec tamen iam ideo mihi catholicam uiam tenendam

The Life (BHL 789), consisting almost wholly of extracts from the Confessiones, is known from several copies, mostly English, as early as s. xii, e.g. CCCC 34, Cambridge, Peterhouse 179.

For items 3-54 see Part III

51. (fols. 186-91)
Gospel of Nicodemus
Rubric: Incipit euangelium Nazareorum secundum Nichodemum
Incipit: ⟨F⟩actum est in anno decimo nono imperii Tyberii Cesaris Romanorum
Explicit: que gesta sunt de Iesu in pretorio meo
Final rubric: Explicit euangelium Nichodemi quod dicitur euangelium Nazareorum

ed. H. C. Kim (Toronto, 1973); Stegmüller, Bibl. 179. 27 &c.; Geerard, Clavis Apocryphorum, no. 62; Z. Izydorczyk, Manuscripts of the Euangelium Nicodemi: A Census (Toronto, 1993), no. 244.

52. (fols. 191-4v)
Dialogus Beatae Mariae et Anselmi de Passione Domini
Rubric: Incipit interlocutio Sancti Anselmi Cantuariensis archiepiscopi ad beatam uirginem Mariam de passione filii sui Domini nostri Ihesu Christi quomodo factum est Iherusalem
Incipit: ⟨S⟩anctus Anselmus Cantuariensis archiepiscopus doctor theologie eximius uita et moribus preclarus
Explicit: pro uno denario
Explicit: pacem in diebus nostris per dies sempiternos. Vale &c.

PL 159. 271-90, here ending at col. 288, as in other copies, followed by a pious ejaculation. On ff. 194v-5a are short extracts from Augustine.

53. (fol. 195b)
Vado Mori
Incipit: ⟨A⟩d mortem tendo morti mea carmina pendo
Explicit: Nam mortem uereor, mors omnia salutat usque

Bloomfield 0265, this copy only; cf. WIC 19965. Followed by theological notes running into the lower margin.

54. (fol. 195v; 196-7v blank.)
Versus de tribus regibus Coloniae
Rubric: ⟨D⟩e tribus regibus quiescentibus Colonie
Incipit: ⟨C⟩aspar fert mirram, thus Melchior Baltazar aurum, horum facta regum monstrabit prosula trium. ⟨H⟩ii tres reges sunt Indorum
Explicit: Soluitur a morbo domi in pietate caduco

WIC 2535.

Physical Description

Form: codex


Written space 210 × 155 mm. , frame-ruled, written in 43 long lines.


Origin: c. 1478 ; England

Merton College 13 - Part III (fols. 26-185)


Language(s): Latin

3. (fols. 26-31v)
Gospel of Ps.-Matthew
Incipit: (Beg. impf. in 1. 1) timens Dominum in simplicitate et bonitate sua
Explicit: Post hec omnia
Gospel of Ps.-Thomas
Incipit: Ego Thomas Ysmaelita scripsi
Explicit: uidit Dominus Deus Israel a primo usque ad ultimum
Rubric: De nomine collectoris et auctoris libri
Incipit: Ego autem Thomas Ysmaelita semper peccator
Explicit: hec collegi de dispersis scriptis et miraculis per loca. Que nullatenus uoluit Deus abscondi nec a memoria hominum detegi, Ipsi honor et gloria in s. s. amen
Final rubric: Explicit liber de infancia Christi

M. Geerard, Clavis Apocryphorum Novi Testamenti (Turnhout, 1992), nos 51, 57. Ps.-Matthew ed. J. Gijsel in CCSL Series Apocryphorum 9 (1999), pp. 287-481, this copy at pp. 170-1; Gijsel, Die unmittelbare Textüberlieferung des sog. Pseudo-Matthäus (Brussels, 1981), pp. 205-6. Ps.-Thomas ed. C. Tischendorf, Evangelia apocrypha (Leipzig, 2nd edn. 1876/repr. Hildesheim, 1987), pp. 140-57. Followed by:

Incipit: Beatus Ieronimus dicit. Beata uirgo Maria mater Domini nostri Iesu Christi fuit in etate xiiii. annorum
Explicit: malos in aspicientibus extinguebat
Final rubric: Explicit liber de infancia Saluatoris d. n. I. C. cum miraculis maximis

An extract from the Latin version of EpiphaniusLife of the Virgin, ed. E. Franceschini, Studi e note di filologia lat. medievale (Milan, 1938), pp. 107-28, from Oxford, Balliol Coll., MS 227, ff. 146v-51v. These three items together are typical of the Q family of Ps.-Matthew, this copy Gijsel’s Q4b2. Crammed in on either side of the concluding rubric, by the same scribe, is a paragraph ‘Augustinus de Virginibus dicit quod admiracione omni populo Israel ...’.

4. (fols. 31v-41)
Honorius Augustodunensis, Elucidarius
Rubric: Incipit liber elucidarius beati Anselmi doctoris
Incipit: Sepius rogatus a discipulo quasdam questiunculas enodare
Explicit: de consuetudine necessitas de necessitate desperacio
Final rubric: Explicit elucidarius beati Anselmi doctoris et Cantuariencis archiepiscopi

The full text PL 172. 1109-76; Y. Lefèvre, L’Elucidarium et les lucidaires (Paris, 1954), pp. 361-477.

5. (fols. 41-2)
Vita et Sententiae Secundi Philosophi
Rubric: Incipit liber Secundi philosophi quem scripsit Adriano Romanorum imperatori deposcenti ipsum
Incipit: Secundus philosophus omni tempore philosophatus est silencium et Pictatoricam uitam ducens
Explicit: libros sacre bibliotece inseri et intitulari
Final rubric: Explicit liber Secundi philosophi ad Adrianum imperatorem

ed. A. Hilka, Leben und Sentenzen des Philosophus Secundus (Breslau, 1910), pp. 8-23, and W. Suchier, Illinois Studies in Language and Literature 24, 2 (1939), pp. 152-9, repr. B. E. Perry, Secundus the Silent Philosopher (Ithaca, NY, 1964), pp. 92-100; cf. TKI 1423, but beg. as 1424, cited from the excerpted version in Basel, Universitätsbibl. O. IV. 35, f. 26rv.

6. (fol. 42)
Prouerbia Wiponis
Incipit: Pax Henrico Dei amico
Explicit: Decet regem discernere legem
Final rubric: Explicit

WIC 13898. Followed by brief theological notes.

(fols. 42v-50)
Anon. Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer
Incipit: Pater noster qui es. Hic incipit tabula de utilitate orationis dominice
Incipit: Dicit Pater noster tanquam caput omnium orationum euidenter approbatur
Incipit: Ista oratio est breuis quinque de causis
Explicit: quoniam ipsi Deum uidebunt

Bloomfield 8834, citing this copy and four others, all apparently English.

8. (fol. 50rv)
Anselm, Meditatio 1
Rubric: Incipit meditacio beati Anselmi archiepiscopi
Incipit: Terret me uita mea tota
Explicit: qui diligunt nomen tuum. Qui ...

SAO 3. 76-9. Followed by short notes: ‘Sanctus Paulus dixit hec uerba ad Neronem. Quecumque sunt pacis et caritatis ...’, ‘Hec est oracio beati Ambrosii archiepiscopi ad sacerdotes circa eucharista. Si tantum reatum delinquencie nostre ...’, also quoting Bede, Augustine and Peter of Blois.

9. (fols. 50v-3v)
Spiritus Guidonis
Rubric: Incipit liber alloquiorum de spiritu Gwydonis
Incipit: Augustinus de fide ad Petrum libro dicit miraculum quicquid arduum uel supra facultatem hominis ad fidei roboracionem fit
Explicit: in purgatorio communi
Final rubric: Explicit liber alloquiorum de spiritu Gwydonis

The apparition is alleged to have occurred on 26 Dec. 1323. unpr.; many copies; see Cat. Royal MSS, p. 173 (on BL, Roy. 7 B. xiii, art. 2).

10. (fols. 53v-5)
Ps.-Methodius, Reuelationes
Rubric: In nomine Christi incipit liber et historia Metodii episcopi Patriensis uel Paterensis ecclesie et martyris Christi quem de Hebreo et Greco sermone in Latinum beatus Ieronimus transferre curauit
Incipit: Hic est de principio seculi, de regnis gencium et de fine seculorum. Quem illustris uir Beatus Ieronimus doctor in suis opusculis plane collaudauit. Sciendum est nobis f. k. quomodo in principio creauit Deus celum et terram
Explicit: unde nos Dominus eripere dignetur qui ...
Final rubric: Explicit liber beati Metodii episcopi Paterensis et martiris

ed. E. Sackur, Sibyllinische Texte und Forschungen (Halle, 1898/Torino, 1963), pp. 59-96; O. Prinz, ‘Eine frühe abendländische Aktualisierung der lateinischen Übersetzung des Pseudo-Methodius’, Deutsches Archiv 41 (1985), 1-23.

11. (fols. 55-7v)
Ps.-Augustine, Epistola ad Cyrillum (Epist. app. 18)
Rubric: Incipit epistola beati Augustini Yponensis episcopi et doctoris ad beatum Cirillum Ierosolimitanum episcopum de apparicione beati Ieronimi doctoris et presbiteri cardinalis
Incipit: Gloriosissime Christiane fidei atlete
Explicit: aliqualiter suo desiderio
Final rubric: Explicit liber Beati Augustini Yponensis episcopi ad sanctum Cirillum Ierosolimitanum episcopum de apparicione beati Ieronimi doctoris cardinalis presbiteri et abbatis Bethleemite

PL 33. 1120-6.

12. (fols. 57v-63v)
Ps.-Cyril, Epistola ad Augustinum (Epist. app. 19)
Rubric: Incipit epistola sancti Cirilli Ierosolimitani episcopi ad beatum Augustinum Yponensem episcopum de miraculis beati Ieronimi doctoris cardinalis presbiteri abbatis Beth’
Incipit: Venerabili uiro episcoporum eximie Augustino
Incipit: Illius scilicet Ieronimi gloriosi cuius memoria erit in benedictione
Explicit: (c. 8) actenus sanctitate precipua uiua manet
Final rubric: Expliciunt epistole siue libri sanctorum Augustini et Cirilli episcoporum de apparicionibus et miraculis beati Ieronimi

PL 33. 1126-40. Followed by a short table of the main subdivisions of each letter.

13. (fols. 63v-4v)
Ps.-Bernard of Clairvaux (Bernard Silvestris), Epistola ad Raymundum
Rubric: Incipit epistola beati Bernardi abbatis Clareuallensis ad quendam militem nomine Reymundum dominum Castri Ambrosii de re familiari utilius gubernanda sagaciter descripta
Incipit: Gratioso et felici militi Reymundo
Incipit: Doceri petisti a nobis de cura et modo rei familiaris utilius gubernande
Explicit: dampnabilis senectus
Final rubric: Explicit epistola Bernardi de re familiari gubernanda sagaciter

PL 182. 647-51.

14. (fols. 64v-5v)
Letter of Christ about Sunday
Rubric: Hic incipit epistola Domini nostri Iesu Christi Saluatoris mundi
Incipit: Ego angelus et nuncius Domini Saluatoris mando et remando imperatoribus ac regibus omnibus
Explicit: omnium populorum suorum semper. Amen.
Final rubric: Explicit epistola Domini Dei nostri tradita Petro Antiochensi episcopo de obseruacione sancte dominice diei et aliis obseruanda et quibusdam omittenda

Geerard, Clavis Apocryphorum, no. 311, pp. 191-2 for the various editions of the Latin version. The standard one is J. A. Fabricius, Codex Apocryphus Novi Testamenti, I (Hamburg, 2nd edn., 1719), pp. 309-13.

15. (fol. 65v)
Rubric: Versus in epitafio apud Sanctum Paulum
Incipit: Vermibus hic donor et sic intendere conor
(a quatrain) WIC 20209.
16. (fols. 65v-6v)
Visio Pauli
Rubric: Incipit reuelacio sancti Pauli hiis tribus diebus que conuersus et uocatus a Christo cecidit in terram nihil uidens
Incipit: Dies dominicus dies electus in quo gaudent angeli
Explicit: possent narrare omnes penas inferni usque in diem iudicii

ed. L. Jirouskova, Die Visio Pauli: Wege und Wandlungen einer orientalischem Apokryphe im Lateinischen Mittelalter (Leiden, 2006), pp. 653-854 (her Group C3).

17. (fols. 67-100v)
William de Lavicea, Dieta Salutis
Rubric: Incipit prohemium in librum qui dicitur dieta salutis quem frater Guillelmus Aquitanicus composuit
Incipit: Hec est uia, ambulate in ea
Explicit: que est infinita, ad quam nos perducat qui ...

ed. A. C. Peltier, S. Bonaventurae Opera Omnia (Paris, 1864-71), VIII, pp. 247-347; Distelbrink 124; Bloomfield 2301. Followed on ff. 100v-2 by a subject-index, accidia—ydolatria , ending ‘Explicit liber qui dicitur dieta salutis. 1478.’

18. (fol. 102rv)
Rubric: Reuelaciones Alberti archiepiscopi Coloniensis
Incipit: ⟨S⟩anctus Albertus archiepiscopus Coloniensis celebrando missam habuit reuelaciones scriptorum istorum sermonum quos ipse retinuit in corde suo et postea scripsit in libro
Explicit: in quatuor partes. Hec ille.
19. (fol. 102v)
Rubric: De sancto Thoma apostolo
Incipit: Sanctus Thomas apostolus qui dicitur Didimus quiescit corporaliter in India prope Cylandiam
Explicit: Et si hoc non faceret Indi a fide perirerent
20. (fols. 103-8v)
Ps.-Augustine, Dialogus Quaestionum LXV
Rubric: Incipit liber 65 questionum propositarum ab Orosio doctore et a beato Augustino doctore Yponensi episcopi expositarum
Incipit: Licet multi et probatissimi
Explicit: qui preesse desiderat non prodesse
Final rubric: Explicit Orosii et beati Augustini in questionibus et responsionibus collocucio

CPL 373a; PL 40. 733-52.

21. (fols. 108v-9, 110-14v)
Rubric: Sentencie et responsiones ex libris beati Augustini excerpte aduersum Manacheos et questiones eorum. Incipiunt sentencie et responsiones ex libris beati Augustini excerpte aduersum Manacheos et questiones eorum
Incipit: Quare fecit Deus hominem quem peccaturum sciebat
Explicit: (ends unfinished on f. 109 col. a) quia ipso die cepit requiescere a creacione

The work then begins all over again on f. 110, ending on f. 114v ‘quam ipsi non fecerat adiuuari potenciam suam.’ Beg. as Augustine, De Genesi contra Manicheos, bk. 2. Fol. 109v blank.

22. (fols. 114v-16v)
Ps.-Augustine (Prosper), Responsiones ad Capitula Calumniantium Gallorum
Incipit: Prosper. Doctrina quam sancte memorie Augustinus episcopus et doctor contra Pelagianos
Incipit: Quod ex predestinacione Dei uelud fatali necessitate homines
Explicit: ex presciencia Dei dicuntur

PL 45. 1833-44; 51. 155-74. Followed by a note on the Jews (‘Quot secte Iudeorum. Quot fuerunt secte Iudeorum qui fuerunt separati a communi uita ...’), and extracts from Augustine, Jerome and Ambrose. ff. 116v-17v.

23. (fols. 117v-19)
Ps.-Augustine (Quodvultdeus), Contra Iudaeos, Paganos et Arianos Sermo de Symbolo,

cc. 11-17

Rubric: Incipit liber beati Augustini Yponensis episcopi et doctoris de confutacione Iudeorum
Incipit: Vos inquam conuenio O Iudei qui usque in hodiernum diem negastis Filium Dei
Explicit: nichil querere debeatis
Final rubric: Explicit liber beati Augustini episcopi et doctoris de confutacione Iudeorum per testimonia sacre scripture

CPL 404; PL 42. 1123-7. Preceded by an extract from Richard of St Victor, Liber Exceptionum

24. (fols. 119-21)
Ambrosius Autpertus, De Conflictu Vitiorum et Virtutum
Rubric: Incipit liber beati Augustini de conflictu uirtutum et uiciorum sic
Incipit: Videamus quemadmodum castra Dei et inferni dimicent
Explicit: repereris hunc legendum et aliis debes
Final rubric: Explicit libellus beati Augustini Yponensi episcopi

PL 40. 1093-1106; Bloomfield 0455.

25. (fols. 121v-2; 122v blank.)
Ps.-Augustine, De Paenitentibus (Serm. 393)
Rubric: Incipit sermo beati Augustini episcopi de penitencia, confessione et indulgencia
Incipit: Penitentes penitentes penitentes
Explicit: Dimitte itaque inceptum et tene certum
Final rubric:

PL 39. 1713-15. The incipit was written at the head of f. 121v col. a, left blank, and the incipit repeated at the foot. The text occupies 121v col. b and 122 col. a only. At the foot of f. 120 is a note ‘Sed dicitis Quid est bene uiuere post penitenciam?’

26. (fols. 123-31)
Hugh of St Victor, De Institutione Nouitiorum
Rubric: Incipit liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore canonici regularis ordinis sancti Augustini de instructione nouiciorum
Incipit: Non preter solitum facere quosdam iudicabo si presenti tractatu meo derogauerint
( capitula )
Incipit: Quia largiente Domino de uana conuersacione huius mundi
Explicit: Bonitatem uero orate, ut det uobis Deus amen
Final rubric: Explicit liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Vitore doctoris studii Parisiensis canonici regularis de instructione nouiciorum ordinandorum in religione

PL 176. 925-52, without the first prologue; Goy, pp. 340-67, not this copy.

27. (fols.131-4v )
Hugh of St Victor, De Virtute Orandi
Rubric: Incipit liber magistri Hugonis de orandi modo
Incipit: Domino et patri Th. Hugo munusculum hoc dilectionis mee
Incipit: Quo studio et quo affectu a nobis orandus sit Deus
Explicit: in ara cordis adoletur
Final rubric: Explicit liber magistri Hugonis de orandi modo

ed. H. B. Feiss et al., L’Oeuvre de Hugues de Saint-Victor 1 (Turnhout, 1997), pp. 126-71; Goy, p. 425.

28. (fols. 134v-6)
Hugh of St Victor, De Amore Sponsi ad Sponsam
Rubric: Magister Hugo de sancto Victore de hoc quod scribitur in Cantica
Incipit: Ibo mihi ad montem mirre et ad colles Libani et loquar sponse mee. Sponsus quidam hic loquitur qui habet sponsam
Explicit: tanto magis in unum congregamur amen
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus Magistri H. de Ibo mihi

PL 176. 987-94; Goy, p. 272.

29. (fols. 136v-7v)
Hugh of St Victor, De Meditatione
Rubric: Incipit tractatus Magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de meditacione quomodo disponetur animus deprecantis ad Deum
Incipit: Meditacio est frequens cogitacio modum et causam
Explicit: adquirat uel apprehendat
Final rubric: Explicit M. Hugo de meditatione

ed. R. Baron, Hugues de Saint-Victor: Six Opuscules spirituels (Paris, 1969), pp. 44-59; Goy, p. 205.

30. (fol. 137v)
Hugh of St Victor, De Refectione Verbi Dei
Rubric: Incipit tractatus Magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de refectione uerbi Dei
Incipit: In refeccione duo sunt potus et cibus
Explicit: ue hiis qui de bono deteriores fiunt
Final rubric: Explicit Magister Hugo de refectione uerbi Dei

Misc. I, 161-2; PL 177. 558-9.

31. (fols. 137v-9)
Hugh of St Victor, De Quinque Septenis,

cc. 1-4

Rubric: Incipit tractatus Magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de quinque septenis
Incipit: Quinque septena f. in sacra scriptura inueni
Explicit: memento mei. Gracia Dei sit tecum amen.
Final rubric: Explicit Magister H. de quinque septenis

ed. Baron, pp. 100-18; Goy, p. 377; Bloomfield 4833.

32. (fol. 139rv)
Hugh of St Victor, De Oblivione Praeteritorum Malorum et Memoria
Rubric: Incipit Magister H. de Sancto Victore de obliuione preteritorum malorum et memoria
Incipit: Insipientem doctus interrogas. Queris quid tibi faciendum sit
Explicit: cohibeatur donec intus extinguatur
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus Magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de obliuione preteritorum malorum et cautela

Misc. I. 74; PL 177. 509-10; Bloomfield 2686.

33. (fols. 139v-40)
Hugh of St Victor, Misc. I. 99
Rubric: Incipit tractatus magistri Hugonis de iudicio faciendo
Incipit: Quid retribuam Domino pro omnibus ...; O homo quid sit bonum
Explicit: ad eius similitudinem reformaris
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus Magistri Hugonis de iudicio

PL 177. 530-2, here beg. at 531A.

34. (fols. 140-1)
Hugh of St Victor, De Substantia Dilectionis
Rubric: Incipit Magister Hugo de Sancto Victore de substancia dilectionis
Incipit: Cotidianum de dilectione sermonem
Explicit: auctor uniuersorum Deus
Final rubric: Explicit ...

ed. Baron, pp. 82-93; Goy, p. 395.

35. (fol. 141)
Hugh of St Victor, De Archa Noe morali,


Rubric: Magister Hugo de Sancto Victore in libro de archa Noe ponit hoc
Incipit: Tribus modis per contemplacionem audimus omnem creaturam nobis loquentem
Explicit: se incurrisse cognoscunt

PL 176. 617-80; Goy, p. 236, but the passage is not found there, at least verbatim. Followed by verses, crammed into the rest of the col.: ‘Incremat, siccat, distillat, leniat, urit’.

36. (fols. 141-2)
Hugh of St Victor, Misc. I, 172
Rubric: Magister Hugo de Sancto Victore quot modis diabolus humilitatem impugnat
Incipit: Duobus modis diabolus in nobis humilitatem oppugnat
Explicit: maiori detestacione firmare concupiscit
Final rubric: Explicit ...

PL 177. 565-7; Bloomfield 1837.

37. (fol. 142)
Hugh of St Victor, Misc. I, 95
Rubric: Incipit Magister Hugo de tribus locis sacre scripture
Incipit: Tria sunt loca Egyptus, desertum et terra promissionis
Explicit: et non sole
Final rubric: Explicit ...

PL 177. 524-5.

38. (fol. 142)
Hugh of St Victor, Misc. I, 77
Rubric: Incipit Magister Hugo de quinque statibus mutabilitatis humane
Incipit: Quinque status habet uita humana
Explicit: malam conscientiam tollerare
Final rubric: Explicit ...

PL 177. 511-12.

39. (fols. 142v-7)
Hugh of St Victor, De Arrha Animae
Rubric: Incipit liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de arra anime
Incipit: Dilecto fratri G. ceterisque seruis Christi
Incipit: Loquar secreto anime mee
Explicit: hoc totis precordiis concupisco
Final rubric: Explicit liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de arra anime in soliloquiis

PL 176. 951-70; ed. Feiss et al . (1997), pp. 226-300; Goy, p. 308.

40. (fols. 147-9)
Hugh of St Victor, De Laude Caritatis
Rubric: Incipit liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de laude caritatis
Incipit: Seruo Christi Petro Hugo gustare et uidere quoniam suauis est Dominus
Incipit: Tam multos iam laudatores caritas habuisse cognoscitur
Explicit: mansionem in nobis facere qui ...
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore doctoris studii Parisiensis de caritate

ed. Feiss et al . (1997), pp. 182-207; Goy, pp. 253-67, not this copy.

41. (fols. 149-54)
Hugh of St Victor, De Beatae Mariae Virginitate
Rubric: Incipit libellus siue tractatus magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de uirginitate et matrimonio beate Marie
Incipit: Sancto pontifici G. Hugo uestre beatitudinis seruus
Incipit: De incorrupta uirginitate matris Domini
Explicit: non simili ueritate sociatur
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus siue libellus de uirginitate beate Marie secundum Hugonem de Sancto Victore

PL 176. 857-76; ed. and transl. B. Jollés, L’Oeuvre de Hugues de Saint-Victor 2 (Turnhout, 2000), pp. 182-253; Goy, p. 120.

42. (fols. 154-65v)
Hugh of St Victor, De Vanitate Mundi (bk. 1) De Sacramentis Legis Naturalis et Scriptae Dialogus

Both as one work

Rubric: Incipit liber primus magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore doctoris studii Parisiensis de creacione mundi
Incipit: Ratio querit sic. O munde inmunde
Explicit: (f. 159) initium sumant
Final rubric: Explicit liber primus
Incipit: Anima. Quid fuit prius quam mundus fieret?
Explicit: Hoc Dei iudicio relinquendum mihi uidetur
Final rubric: Explicit secundus liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de mundo

The first book (Goy, pp. 245-53, not this copy), as in PL 176. 703-20; the second book (Goy, p. 78) as in PL 176. 17-42.

43. (fols. 165v-72)
Hugh of St Victor (?), Commentary on pseudo-Athanasius, De Trinitate
Rubric: Incipiunt dicta et approbaciones magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore super sentencias beati Athanasii Alexandrini episcopi
Incipit: Veritatis propugnaculi turris Athanasius, sicut tripartita docet historia
Explicit: ei pro sapientia fuit
Final rubric: Expliciunt dicta et approbaciones Magistri Hugonis prioris et doctoris de Sancto Victore super solidas sentencias beati Athanasii Alexandrini episcopi doctoris eximii in explanacione fidei Christiane et condempnatione hereticorum

A commentary on pseudo-Athanasius, De Trinitate (PL 62. 237-334). Sections of text, ascr. Athanasius, alternate with commentary ascr. Hugo. unpr.; apparently the unique copy.

44. (fol. 172rv)
Rubric: Incipit miraculum de sacramento altaris ad extirpandum heresim inimicorum Christi et omnem dubitacionem ipsius
Incipit: Omnibus uniuersalis ecclesie filiis tam prelatis quam subditis H. Karoli Loco monachus
Incipit: Catholice f. k. cum unum sit corpus ecclesie
Incipit: Erat igitur Mantue quidam sacerdos bone uite
Explicit: et ad edificacionem scripsi, prestante ...
Final rubric: Explicit miraculum de corpore Christi apud Mantuam
45. (fols. 172v-3)
Rubric: Incipit miraculum de corpore Christi per Phegum quendam sacerdotem in Teutonia comprobatum
Incipit: Sacerdos quidam nacione Teutonicus nomine Phegus
Explicit: nos introducere dignetur amen
46. (fol. 173)
Two short miracle stories
Rubric: Miraculum de sacramento altaris
Incipit: Legitur quod quidam Iudeus adamauit puellam Christianam iuuenculam
Incipit: Erat homo quidam in Hibernia circa annos Domini MCCCCXX septimi
47. (fol. 173v)
Gregory, Hom. de Divite et Lazaro
Rubric: Dixit Iesus discipulis suis parabola hanc Homo quidam erat diues et induebatur purpura ...; Omelia beati Gregorii pape
Incipit: Nonnulli putant precepta ueteris testamenti
Explicit: zona pellicea circa lumbos

Hom. in Evang. II. 40. 3. Followed by two stories of miracles of the Virgin:

Rubric: De quodam presbytero qui semper cantabat missam de requiem eternam et ideo apud episcopum suum accusato
Incipit: Fuit presbiter quidam qui nullam missam cantabatur nisi solam requiem eternam
Incipit: Anno Domini MCCCC XXI quedam mulier Christiana seruiebat Iudeo ceco
48. (fols. 173v-7v)
Seven homilies attrib. Maximus the Confessor, Jerome, Bede and Origen
Incipit: Ante dies deuocionum sancte quadragesime predicantes

Maximus 66; Paul the Deacon i. 75

Incipit: Audistis k. sicut euangelica tuba cecinit

Ps.-Maximus 37; Paul the Deacon i. 80

Incipit: Conflictus iste mirabilis

Ps.-Maximus 42; Paul the Deacon i. 81

Incipit: Hec secunda parabola est cum interpretacione sua

Jerome, In Matt. ii. 13. 24; Paul the Deacon ii. 92

Incipit: Commendat nobis beatissimus euuangelista et apostolus Iohannes priuilegium

Apparently also in Gotha, Forschungsbibl., Memb. I 68 (s. xiv/xv), ff. 159v-60v.

Incipit: Docente in monte Domino discipuli uenerunt ad eum

Origen lat. 6; Paul the Deacon i. 61

Incipit: Ingrediente domino in nauiculam

Origen lat. 7; Paul the Deacon i. 64

49. (fol. 178rv)
Rubric: Anecdota de SS. Bonifacio et Thecla uirgine
Rubric: De sancto Bonefacio martyre
Incipit: Temporibus Diocletiani impiissimi imperatoris erat quedam mulier Rome nomine Aglaes filia quidem Acii proconsulis
Explicit: obdormiuit in Deo
Rubric: De Sancta Tecla uirgine
Incipit: Paulo apostolo predicante uerbum Dei inter alios credidit puella quedam uirgo Tecla nomine
Explicit: migrauit ad Deum
50. (fols. 178v-81v; 182v-5v blank)
Rubric: Excerpta libri beati Augustini de fide Christiana et regule theologice
Incipit: Aliud est nosse regulas connexionum, aliud sentenciarum ueritatem
Explicit: in quantum ueritatem scio

Beg. as AUGUSTINE, De Doctrina Christiana 2. 34. Followed by two apparently separate notes in the same hand on f. 182, the first quoting Nicholas de Lyra.

Physical Description

Form: codex


Written space 200-10 × 145-60 mm. , frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols, written in c. 50-60 lines.


Origin: c. 1478 ; England

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R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.


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