A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 67

Former shelfmark: K. 2. 1

NICHOLAS DE BYARD, GUILLAUME PERAULT &c. S. XIV1

Contents

Language(s): Latin

ff. i, ii blank. On f. iv is a table of contents, s. xiv ex.

1. (fols. 3v-90v)
Nicholas Byard, Distinctiones Theologicae

Capitula in 3 cols, ff. 1-3v.

Final rubric: Expliciunt capitula distinctionum fratris Nicholai de Byard quod W.
Incipit: Absconditur malum a dyabolo sub delectacione
Explicit: Zelatus est Dominus terram suam &c.
Final rubric: Expliciunt distincciones fratris Nicholai de Byard

pr. Cologne 1505 &c.; Kaeppeli 3045; Bloomfield 0104, 1841.

2. (fols. 91-168v)
Guillelmus Peraldus OP, Sermons on the Sunday Epistles
Incipit: Hora est iam nos de sompno surgere ...; Hoc tempus dicitur tempus aduentus
Incipit: In diebus illis &c. In hoc ostenditur nobis quam magna erunt misericordie Domini
Explicit: quin ornet se crinibus alienis
Final rubric: Explicit [Parisiensis uide in papiro in another hand]

Schneyer 129-132, Quaecumque scripta sunt. Preambulum precedencis sermonis sufficit hic cum sit de eadem themate, 135-9, Modestia uestra nota sit omnibus. Modestia id est rationalis conuersacio uestra, modestia rationalis conuersacio dicitur quia hominis habentis rationem est,Dominus prope est. Hoc uerbum frequentat ecclesia tempore isto in signum quod uerbum ualde bonum sit (cf. Bodl. Libr., Bodl. 50, art. 3), Dominus. Precantibus presens id est eis ut merito de eius presencia erubescant, 142-5, Sicut in uno corpore. Hic apostolus similitudine quadam sumpta a membris corporis utitur, 147-8, Qui miseretur in hilaritate. Notandum quod eleemosina xii. bona faciet propter quod multum esset eleemosinis insistendum (Rome, Bibl. Casanat. 307, art. 47), Nolite prudentes esse apud uosmetipsos. Secundum unam expositionem dissuadetur in hoc uerbo superbia intellectus, 149-50, 152, 151, Sic currite. Tria solet perpendere minister cum dicitur ei a domino suo currere ad talem locum (ends as 151), 153-60 ,Ecce nunc tempus acceptabile. Ecclesiastes iii. legitur quod sic tempus adquirendi quod tempus modo ecclesia denotatur, Ecce. Peregrinus quando debet transire mare multum desiderat tempus acceptabile, 163-5, Estote imitatores Dei. Valde utile esset homini ad regendum uitam suam, 167-9, Christus assistens pontifex. In hoc uerbo docet nos apostolus quatuor circa quatuor genera hominum (ends as 169), 170-2, Pascha nostrum immolatus est. In hoc uerbo ostendit ecclesia quid Christus nobis facit, 174-80, Conuersationem uestram. Et nota quod quidam sunt qui non credunt, 181-4, Estote prudentes id est prouidentes futura pericula, 185-200, Debitores sumus. Triplici ratione non debemus uiuere ad carnis imperium (Bodl. Libr., Laud. misc. 318, art. 16), Debitores. Deo nobis et proximo. Deo tria honorem timorem et amorem (ends as 201; Bodl. Libr., Laud. misc. 318, art. 18), 202-11, Sufficientia nostra. Qui uult saluare animam suam debet fixum habere in corde (ibid., art. 30), 212-16, Non efficiamur inanis gloriae. Circa quod notandum quod uana gloria multum timenda est bonis, 217-20, Obsecro uos. In hiis uerbis specificat apostolus que requirit dignitas illa ad quam uocati sumus (ibid., art. 39), 221-8, Testis est mihi Deus. Ecclesia in hodierno officio monet homines ad proximorum dilectionem (ibid., art. 48), 229, Conuersatio nostra in caelis est. In principio epistole monuit apostolus Philippensibus ad sui imitationem (ibid., art. 50; Rome, Bibl. Casanat. 307, art. 68), 232, In diebus illis saluabitur Iuda. In hoc ostenditur nobis quam magna erit misericordia in curia huius magni Domini. The sermons have apparently been abbreviated, especially at each end. Many of the omitted passages are added in the margins in another early hand.

3. (fols. 169-96)
Guillelmus Peraldus OP, De Vitiis et Virtutibus abbrev. (Speculum Beatorum)

Capitula .

Final rubric: Explicit tabula speculi beatorum tractatus de Parisiensi uiciorum et uirtutum abbreuiati
Incipit: De uiciis et uirtutibus auctoritates sacre scripture et sanctorum ac philosophorum
Explicit: appropinquabit regnum celorum quod nobis prestare dignetur ...
Final rubric: Explicit speculum beatorum

Unpr.; Bloomfield 6323; also in Balliol Coll. 83, ff. 136-67, 86, ff. 2-29, Leicester, Wyggeston Hospital 10D34/9 (MMBL 2. 104), and BL, Lansdowne 385, ff. 56-109.

4. (fols. 196-211)
Ps.-Bernard, Speculum Conscientiae
Rubric: Speculum consciencie santi Bernardi
( Capitula .)
Incipit: Domus hec in qua habitamus ex omni parte nobis minatur ruinam
Explicit: potius contemplacione quam terrestrium occupacione
Final rubric: Explicit speculum conscientie editum a beato Bernardo; Deo gracias

PL 184. 507-52; Bloomfield 1787.

5. (fols. 211-16)
Richard Rolle, Emendatio Vitae
Rubric: Hec est libellus de emendacione uite siue de regula uiuendi et distinguitur in duodecim capitula
Incipit: Ne tardes conuerti ad Dominum
Explicit: cum ineffabili iubilacione et melodia ipsum eternaliter laudare cui sit honor &c.
Final rubric: Explicit libellus de emendacione uite

pr. Paris 1510 &c.; Allen, Richard Rolle, p. 234; Bloomfield 3191.

6. (fols. 216-17v; 218-19v blank)
John of Damascus, De Fide Orthodoxa, (transl. Burgundio of Pisa, extract)
Rubric: Liber Iohannis Damasceni uocatus Massur de ortodoxa fide
Incipit: Deum nemo uidit unquam. Vnigenitus Filius qui est in sinu Patris ipse enarrauit
Explicit: (ends impf.) Tempus uero a sub

The full text ed. E. M. Buytaert (St Bonaventure, NY, 1955), pp. 3-386, but only chs. 1-2 and the first sentences of 3 are as the printed text. The rest is taken from Isidore, Liber Sententiarum (De Summo Bono), cc. 1, 3-8. 3 (PL 83. 557-9A).

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (table) Humiles plus
Secundo Folio: (f. 4) abscondit
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 221 leaves (ii + 219)
Dimensions (leaf): 385 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (written): 320 × 200 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed and spattered with red.

Collation

a bifolium, 1-1812, a bifolium, lacking 1 replaced with blank paper; framed catchwords, often cropped.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 55-65 lines.

Hand(s)

Large, loose anglicana hands.

Decoration

Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.

Binding

Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on seven bands; formerly chained from the usual position. An earlier binding had two straps, and possibly the large iron chain-staple at the rear.

History

Origin: S. XIV1 ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of f. ivis ‘Liber Hamundi Haydok ex empcione’. At the head of f. iivis ‘Liber domus scolarium de Mertone ex dono magistri Hamundi Haydok incathenatus in libraria anno Domini M. CCCC. LXVIII.’ For Hammond Haydok, see MS 16. At the head of f. 4 is the James no. ‘195’, s. xvii in. (also in MS 252). Inside the front board is pasted a sheet of paper with a table of contents, s. xvii, ‘O. 2. 1. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘N. 6. 1. Art:’, s. xvii, the second canc. and replaced with ‘K. 2. 1 (LXVII)’, in red. ‘1’ is inked on the foredge.

Record Sources

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

Availability

For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.

Bibliography

    Coxe, pp. 40-1; Powicke, no. 962.