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

Merton College MS. 267

Former shelfmark: E. 1. 3

WILLIAM OF MACCLESFIELD, ALAN OF LILLE &c.; S. XIII, XIV, XV

Contents

Language(s): Latin

f. irv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: cognosci
Four originally separate books or booklets, probably first together in the present binding: there is a title of s. xvii on f. 123.
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 149 leaves (ii + 147)
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 150 mm.
The edges savagely retrimmed, sometimes affecting text at the foredge, and spattered with red. Fols. 146-7 are of thick, stiff parchment.

Collation

A bifolium at each end, 1-312, 410, 5-712, 88 / 9-1010 / 1112 / 128, 136, 148, a singleton; quires 1-7 have catchwords.

Binding

Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. 90 and 147 were pastedowns in different earlier bindings.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

There is no evidence that the book was at the College prior to s. xvii in.

A single-line inscription has been erased from f. i: ‘Caucio s. l liberand’ pro vi s. viii d. de 5 ff’.

On f. 90, erased, is ‘Pignus fratris G. de Stangraue pro [cropped]’. The place is Stonegrave (Yorks., N. Riding).

At the head of f. iiv is ‘Corruptorium Sancti Thome cum multis contentis aliis prec’ xiii s. iiii d.’, s. xiv.

This is repeated, in almost the same words, at the head of f. ii, s. xv.

At the foredge of f. 91 is the mark of a single strap.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘D. 4, 14’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘P. 4. 18. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘C. 1. 17’ and ‘E. 1. 3’ in red, both canc. and replaced with ‘P. 1. 7’, and ‘No. 267’ in pencil; the College bookplate, sideways. ‘18’ is inked on the foredge.

Merton College MS. 267 - Part I (fols. 1-90v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1-89v)
?WILLIAM OF MACCLESFIELD OP, Correctorium Corruptorii ‘Quaestione’
Rubric: Incipit corruptorium cum responsionibus.
Incipit: Questione xii. art. 2 querens utrum essentia diuersa uideatur ab intellectu creato per aliquanta similitudine mediata
Explicit: quamuis illa interim contingat nostram industriam latere. Explicit et expliceat.

The unique copy of the work of an English Dominican, ed. J.-P. Muller, Le Correctorium Corruptorii ‘Quaestione’. Texts anonyme du ms. Merton 267 (Studia Anselmiana 35: Rome, 1954), reviewed by D. Callus in Bulletin Thomiste, 9 (1954-6), 643-55; Kaeppeli 1578; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 784.

The rest of f. 89vb and f. 90rv are covered with faint pencil notes.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 170-80 × 105 mm.
Dimensions (written): 185 × 120 mm.
for fols. 47-57

Collation

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 36 lines (fols. 47-57 44 lines).

Hand(s)

Written in several anglicana hands.

Decoration

Blue initials on f. 1, otherwise initials in red or ink of text highlighted with red, red paraphs.

History

Origin: s. xiv in. ; script of English appearance.

Merton College MS. 267 - Part II (fols. 91-110v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

2. (fols. 91-105v)
Liber Penitentialis
Incipit: (Capitula).
Incipit: ⟨N⟩ouerit ergo fraternitas tua quia tres sunt acciones penitentium in ecclesia usitate ... nisi ante mortem fuerit ecclesie reconciliatus. ⟨E⟩cce mi frater in Christo dilecte .N. libellum ad te de danda penitencia
Explicit: quilibet etiam opilio. Vale et ora pro me.

Unpr.; Bloomfield 3458, here without the prologue (1674).

3. (fols. 105v-6v)
De Penitentia
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩ui autem implere poterit quod in penitenciali scriptum est
Explicit: qui pro illo hec redimat.

Unpr.; Bloomfield 4581, this copy only.

Followed by ‘Deditus usure, faciens incendia, falsus’ (6 lines, from Robert Grosseteste’s Templum Domini), and ‘Sit tibi potus aqua cibus aridus aspera uestis’ (9 lines; WIC 18341).

4. (fols. 106v-10)
RICHARD OF PRÉMONTRÉ, De Canone Missae
Incipit: ⟨I⟩n uirtute sancte crucis et in sacramento altaris magna est conuenientia
Explicit: et coram Deo gratiam inueniat amen.

PL 177. 455-70.

On f. 110v verses ‘Percuciens clericum Romam petat excipiuntur’ (13 lines), notes and pen trials, including a substantial paragraph beg. ‘Consecrationes uel precationes sunt omnia uerba que fiunt iuxta uel ante consecrationem’.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 160 × 115 mm.

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 40 lines. Written above top line.

Hand(s)

In an English early gothic bookhand.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured initials; rubrication.

History

Origin: s. xiii

Merton College MS. 267 - Part III (fols. 111-120v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

5. (fols. 111-17)
ROBERT KILWARDBY OP, Letter to Peter of Conflans, archbishop of Corinth, defending the Oxford condemnations of March 1277
Incipit: Reuerendo patri fratri per Dei gratia archiepiscopo Corinth’ frater Robertus Cantuariensis
Incipit: Scripsistis mihi nuper quod uenerabilis pater dominus episcopus Parisiensis uobis significauit
Explicit: per tempora longiora.

Ed. F. Ehrle, Gesammelte Aufsätze zur englischen Scholastik (Rome, 1978), pp. 18-44; Glorieux, Arts 411ax; Kaeppeli 3530; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 563.

6. (fols. 117-20v)
Lists of errors condemned at Oxford and Paris
Rubric: Collectio errorum condempnatorum in Anglia qui sic per capitula distinguntur.
Incipit: Primo igitur ponuntur errores Anglie
Incipit: (f. 117v) ⟨I⟩sti sunt errores detestabiles contra theologicam ueritatem reperti in quibusdam scriptis quos quicumque dogmatizauerit uel defenderit a uenerabili patre Guillelmo Parisiensi episcopo euocato consilio
Incipit: (f. 118) Isti sunt errores condempnati et excommunicati cum omnibus qui eos docuerint scienter uel assereuerint a domino Stephano Parysiensi episcopo anno Domini M. CC LXX
Explicit: consistit in uirtutibus intellectualibus.
Final rubric: Expliciunt errores.

The Condemnations of Robert Kilwardby, 1277, William of Auvergne, 1241, and Stephen Temper, 1277. ed. Denifle & Châtelain I, pp. 558-60, 170-2, 543-8; Glorieux, Théol. 8c.

(fols. 121-2)
Quaestiones
Incipit: Vtrum uegetatiua et sensitiua et intellectiua in humana sint una substantia. Videtur quod sic quia unius perfectionis est una perfectio
Incipit: Vtrum uegetatiua et sensitiua exeant in esse per generationem

In an anglicana of scholastic type, are two quaestiones, i. e. the twelfth of the errors condemned in art. 5, and ‘Vtrum uegetatiua et sensitiua exeant in esse per generationem’.

(fol. 122v)
Eight of the articles condemned by Archbishop John Pecham

In a rough anglicana, cropped at the foredge. ed. T. C. Martin, Registrum Epistolarum Fratris Iohannis Peckham (3 vols, RS, 1882-5), III, pp. 921-3.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 180 × 130 mm.
The outer edge of the text is cropped throughout.

Layout

Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 38 lines

Hand(s)

Written in a rough English gothic rotunda bookhand.

Decoration

None.

History

Origin: s. xiv in. ; script of English appearance.

Merton College MS. 267 - Part IV (fols. 121-147v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

7. (fols. 121-41v)
ALAN OF LILLE, Regulae Caelesti Iuris
Incipit: ⟨O⟩mnis scientia suis utitur regulis uel propriis fundamentis
Explicit: nisi occasionaliter intelligatur hec prepositio.
Final rubric: Expliciunt regule theologice M. Alani de Monte Pessulano.

Ed. N. Häring in AHDLMA 48 (1981), 95-226, text from 121.

8. (fols. 141v-4; 144v-7v blank.)
MARTIN OF BRAGA, Formula Honestae Vitae
Rubric: Incipit beati Martini libellus de iiij. uirtutibus ad Mironem regem.
Incipit: ⟨G⟩loriosissimo atque tranquillissimo regi Mironi Martinus humilis episcopus. Non ignoro clementissime rex, flagrantissimam
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uatuor uirtutum species multorum sapientum sentenciis sunt diffinite
Explicit: aut deficientem contempnat ignauiam.
Final rubric:

CPL 1080; ed. C. W. Barlow, Martini Bracarensis Opera Omnia (New Haven, Conn, 1950), pp. 236-50; Bloomfield 4457.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 160-70 × 100-10 mm.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil; written in c. 40 long lines.

Hand(s)

Written in a small current anglicana hand.

Decoration

Unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.

History

Origin: s. xv in ; script of English appearance.

Additional Information

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. 105-6; Powicke, no. 507.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-01: First online publication