Merton College MS. 103
Former shelfmark: I. 2. 2
WILLIAM OF WARE ON I-IV SENT. &c.; S. XIV in.
f. 94v, between bks. 1 and 2, blank.
List of questions pr. A. Daniels, ‘Zu den Beziehungen zwischen Wilhelm von Ware und Iohannes Duns Scotus’, Franziskanische Studien 4 (1917), 221-38, at 230-8; individual quaestiones pr. and discussed by L. Hödl, ‘Literar- und Problemsgeschichte: Untersuchungen zum Sentenzen-kommentar des Wilhelm von Ware OFM (nach 1305)’, RTAM 57 (1990), 96-141, at 122-41; Glorieux, Théol. 334a; Stegmüller, Sent.. 307; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 815-16.
Accompanied by very extensive though spasmodic marginal glossing, occasionally naming Oxford teachers of s. xiii ex. In the margin of f. 10v ‘Thomas Rundel’; near the foot of f. 28v ‘Vide hanc opinionem apud Rundel et Baldeswelle’. These are Thomas Rondel OFM (BRUO 1588-9), lector at Oxford c. 1298, and Peter de Baldeswell OFM (BRUO 96), lector at Oxford c. 1302-3.
unpr.; Stegmüller, Sent. 1208, this copy only; it is not clear that it is a single work. The real beginning may be f. 217.
fols. 215v, most of 216v, 229 blank.
In the inner margin of f. 214 is ‘Iohannes Duns’, in the outer margin is ‘Gaunt’, perhaps Simon de Ghent (Gaunt) (BRUO 759-60), MA by 1280, chancellor 1291-3, bp. of Salisbury 1297-1315. At the head of f. 219 a passage of additional text is headed ‘Makfeld’, presumably William de Macclesfield OP (BRUO 1200), regent master at Oxford convent, prob. 1299-1300, d. 1303. In the outer margin of f. 226v ‘Bucestr’ (possibly uincestr’) q. 9. 3’. In the text on f. 251b ‘de hoc uide incepcione fratris Iohannis Basset in alio quaterno ad hoc signum X’. Presumably this is the man recorded in BRUO 127, lector of the Franciscan house at Oxford c. 1295, probable author of a collection of Oxford disputations in Assisi, Bibl. comm. 196.
Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 50 lines.
The main hand is a small, neat gothic rotunda bookhand of university type and French appearance. There is copious marginal comment in an early anglicana hand of scholastic type. This hand or a very similar one writes text on fols. 214-15, 218rv and 229v. In the lower margin of f. 218 he writes ‘Hec Ricardus de Media Villa’.
None; unfilled spaces for initials and rubrics.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably made at Oxford and perhaps from the Franciscan convent there. Given to the College by William Reed in 1374 (UO49. 74), although it does not include his usual inscriptions. At the head of f. 5 is ‘Waar’ super sententias 2o fo apertam’ and ‘18’, s. xv. At the foot, towards the gutter, is ‘17’. At the head of f. 4v is ‘Liber collegii ex dono Magistri Thome Bloxham’, in the same hand as the inscriptions in MS 69, and ‘B lier. 9us’, in the usual hand (see above, MS 60). For Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. For Thomas Bloxham, fellowc. 1449-61, see MS 41. Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 8, 1’ (canc.) and contents, s. xvii, and ‘N. 8. 8. Art:’ (twice), canc. and replaced with ‘I. 2. 2 (CIII)’ in red; the College bookplate.
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