Merton College MS. 237
Former shelfmark: H. 2. 4
PARISIAN SERMONS; S. XIII 3/4
On f. v ‘Sermones notabiles de sanctis/temporali per circulum anni Parisius collata.’ f. vv blank.
referring to the foliation, in an anglicana hand somewhat later than the main text.
Preached in the University of Paris, 1276-8, the rubrics usually naming the preachers.
Also in BnF lat. 3734, f. 34v.
Willelmus de Luscy 30-1 (William of Luxeuil; Kaeppeli 1562).
Aegidius de Valle Scolarum 2 (serm. and collatio).
Mattheus de Aquasparta (Humilis) 2.
Thomas de Chavanis 1-2.
Iohannes de Rupella 194-6.
Mattheus ab Aquasparta (Humilis) 34.
Iohannes de Sorbonio 1-2.
Nicolaus de Gorran (de Maris) 559a.
Simon de Troyes 7-8.
Iohannes de Verdy 1-2.
Also in BnF lat. 10698, no. 25.
Also in Torino, Univ. Libr. D. VI. 1, no. 50.
Also in BnF lat. 10698, no. 33.
Matthaeus ab Aquasparta (Lombardi) 100 (serm. and collatio).
Iohannes Colonna (Romani) 1.
Mag. Iohannes Varoni 1.
Also in BnF lat. 10698, no. 39.
Matthaeus ab Aquasparta (fr. Humilis) 112.
Iohannes de Aureliano 12-13.
Willelmus de Luscy 25-6 (William of Luxeuil; Kaeppeli 1561).
Iohannes de Verdy 5-6.
Guilelmus de Lexovio 1-2.
Latinus Malabranca 10-11.
Iohannes de Verdy 7-8.
Iohannes de Verdy 9-10.
Willelmus de Luscy 27-8 (William of Luxeuil; Kaeppeli 1550).
Petrus de Conflans (archiepiscopi de Tornaco) 1.
Guilelmus de Tornaco 2-3.
Nicolaus de Gorran 85a-b.
Iohannes de Verdy 11-13.
Iohannes de Verdy 14-15.
Berengarius Notarii 3, 3a.
Latinus Malabranca (Ly Cessensis) 12.
Iohannes de Verdy 16-17.
Berengarius Notarii 4-5.
Thomas de Carthasia 1-2.
Berengarius Notarii 1-2.
Also in Nürnberg, Stadtbibl. Cent. V, 82.
Iohannes de Monte Letherico (de Molheri) 10.
Iohannes de Verdy 18-20.
Willelmus de Luscy 29 (William of Luxeuil; Kaeppeli 1563).
Most of f. 29v, and all of ff. 30 and 108v are blank.
The rest of f. 243v is filled with text in pencil. f. 244 is divided into 3 cols, two of them filled with sermons in a cursive hand of s. xiii ex.
Copious marginal annotation in an early cursive hand, probably French. On this collection see Schneyer 6. 25-30; C. H. Haskins, ‘The University of Paris in the Sermons of the Thirteenth Century’, in his Studies in Medieval Culture (Oxford, 1929), ch. 2, esp. pp. 45, 55, 57, 64; F. Pelster, ‘An Oxford Collection of Sermons of the end of the Thirteenth Century (MS. Laud misc. 511 (SC. 969)’, BQR 6 (1930), 168-72, at pp. 170-1; P. Glorieux, ‘Sermons universitaires parisiens de 1267-1268’, RTAM 16 (1949), 40-71. Glorieux gives the incipits of sermons preached at the University of Paris between Nov. 1267 and Nov. 1268 on the basis of this copy and six others.
in 4 cols, in an informal bookhand of s. xiv, probably not English, referring to the foliation.
Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 47 lines.
Written in a French gothic rotunda bookhand as far as f. 237v; two or three less formal hands take over from that point. The main scribe writes ‘cor’’ at the end of each quire.
On f. 1 a 4-line T in colours and gold on a square ground with partial border; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red or blue paraphs; red underlining of lemmata and framing of variant readings and corrections in the margin; red initials and highlighting to the subject-index.
Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-iv and 248-50 are paper binding leaves, fols. i-ii and 249-50 from the same printed book used in MS 13. On f. 248v are the marks of two foredge clasps and of the large iron chain-staple. These marks pass through as far as f. 243; however, f. 244, which may have been a pastedown at the front of another book, has marks of two clasps at the foredge and one each at head and tail. f. v was excised and tipped back in reverse position (i.e. the recto is the former verso), prior to the binding of s. xvii. The present verso shows that it was pasted down in an earlier binding, the spine area with offsets from a book of s. xiii. The former foredge (now at the spinefold) has marks of two straps, and of a brass chain-staple with iron nails close to the foot.
Provenance and Acquisition
Made in France; not originally part of a set with 238-9. Given to the College by William Reed in 1374: UO49. 60. On f. i: ‘Liber M. Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrensis quem emit a uenerabili patre domino Thoma Tryllek episcopo Roffensi. Oretis igitur pro utroque’; ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxon’ in communi libraria eiusdem et ad usum communem sociorum ibidem studencium cathenandus. Ex dono uenerabili patris domini Willelmi tercii episcopi Cicestrie. Oretis igitur pro utro eodem et benefactoribus eiusdem ac fidelium animabus a purgatorio liberandis. Walteri Roberti.’ At the foot of f. 245 is ‘Liber M’ Willelmi Reed episcopi Cicestrensis quem emit a [domino instanciaerased] Tryllek episcopo Roffensis Oretis igitur pro utroque. / Sermones Parisius collecti de sanctis/dominicis per circulum anni.’ For William Reed, fellow from 1344 until at least 1357, d. 1385, see MS 8. Thomas Trillek (BRUO 1906-8) was bp. of Rochester 1364-72.
Inside the front board is a sheet of paper, with ‘F. 4, 6’ (canc.) and titles, s. xvii, and ‘P. 3. 4. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 2. 4’ and ‘(CCXXXVII)’ in red; the College bookplate. ‘12’ is inked on the foredge.
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