Merton College MS. 70
Former shelfmark: K. 2. 5
PERA PEREGRINI; 1472
An alphabetical index of topics for sermons etc., each entry consisting of quotations from named classical, patristic and medieval sources (e.g. Cicero, Seneca, Valerius Maximus, Apuleius, Macrobius, Sidonius, Boethius, Origen, Jerome, Ambrose, Augustine, Cyprian, Prosper, John Chrysostom, Cassiodorus, Petrus Chrysologus, Isidore, Gregory, Bede, Anselm, Hildebert, Bernard, Hugh of St Victor, Peter Lombard). The author was a monk of the Cistercian house of Newminster (Northumbr.). Unpr.; Stegmüller, Bibl. 4464; Bloomfield 0045; Sharpe, Handlist , p. 244, citing this copy and extracts in Bodl. Libr., Laud. misc. 389 (s. xiv ex., Durham). An abbreviated version by John Felton (vicar of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, d. 1434) is in Oxford, St John’s College, MS 109 (s. xv1). Individual entries are followed by blank spaces to accommodate additional material; each alphabetical series usually begins on a new recto. As a consequence blank and partly blank leaves occur at the ends of alphabetical series: completely blank are ff. 48v, 112v, 264rv, 337v, 344-7, 393v-4v. Gaps also occur at the ends of quires. At the head of f. 195v is pencilled ‘Hec est pera peregrini compilata a quodam albo monacho de nouo monasterio’.
Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 70-85 lines. Running heads between ruled lines.
The hand of William Lyneham, a mixed anglicana-secretary of varying size and medium quality.
Red and blue flourished initials; plain blue initials; red auctoritates , running heads, paraphs, underlining and highlighting.
Standard Merton s. xvii, rebacked and resewn on six bands; formerly chained from the usual position. ff. i-ii and 524-5 are paper binding leaves, the outermost from the same printed book as in MS 19. f. 1 is stained and dirty, suggesting that the book was unbound for some time. At the foot of f. 1 is the mark of an iron chain-staple.
Provenance and Acquisition
For William Lyneham, fellow 1426/7-1473, when he died, see MS 55. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with contents, s. xvii, and ‘N. 6. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘K. 2. 5 (LXX)’ in red. The College bookplate. ‘4’ is inked on the foredge.
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