Merton College MS. 41
Former shelfmark: C. 1. 2
FLORES BERNARDI; S. XII ex.
fols. iii, iv-vi blank. On fol. iiiv is a table of contents, s. xiv, including items now lost, ‘Regula beati Benedicti’ at the beginning, and ‘Distincciones Nicholai de Gorham / Regula fratrum minorum / Testamentum beati Francisci’, at the end.
unpr.; Bloomfield 1155; M. Bernards, 'Zur Verbreitung der Bernardflorilegium. Das Bernardinum des Benediktins Wilhelm von St. Martin in Tournai', Studien und Mitteilungen zur Geschichte des Benedictiner Ordens 64 (1952), 234–41.
Ruled with crayon in 40–44 long lines.
English gothic rotunda bookhands except for quires 3 and 4, in a neat early gothic hand, s. xiii med.
Unfinished: unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics; spasmodic rubrication; red highlighting and underlining.
Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. ii and 115 are blank paper binding leaves. fol. iii has verdigris stains from a central strap, and a rust mark near the head, probably from a chain-staple. fols. iv-vi have rust marks from two clasps. None of these marks occur on fol. i.
fols. i and 116, binding leaves positioned upside down, are from another book of s. xiii med., containing a medical work: written space 155 × 110 mm., ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 44 lines. Written in a small English gothic bookhand, rubricated, but unfilled spaces for coloured initials.
Provenance and Acquisition
Perhaps originally a Franciscan book. At the head of fol. vivis ‘Istum librum reparauerunt Magister Willelmus Emyldon M. Ricardus Langstone M. Thomas Bloxham M. Ricardus Scarburgh Magister Iohannes Yonge’. Emyldon was fellow 1441–52, Langstone c. 1446–52 (when he died), Bloxham c. 1449–61, Scarborough c. 1449, still in 1464, Yonge c. 1449–61 (BRUO 642, 1098, 204–5, 1651–2, 2135). The quire-numbers, which begin at 1, may be part of their work.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘N. 4. 2. Art:’, s. xvii, the second canc. and replaced with ‘C. 1. 2 (XLI)’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘2’ is inked on the foredge.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .
Last Substantive Revision
2018-08-01: First online publication