Exeter College MS. 21
Robert Grosseteste, Dicta, sermones; etc.; Oxford?, England, s. xv1
Thomson, Grosseteste, 24–32. Mostly unprinted but nos. 130 (fol. 25r), 141 (fols. 31v–2v) and 142 (fols. 32rv) are printed by E. Brown, Fasciculus rerum expetendarum et fugiendarum, 2 vols. (London, 1690), ii. 295–6, 288–90, 292–3, respectively. Because of the loss of leaves much text is lacking: fol. 1r begins in Dictum 51 and the loss of a quire after fol. 12, which ends in Dictum 72, causes a gap until (fol. 13r) Dictum 93; fol. 24v ends in Dictum 107, and resumes (fol. 25r) in Dictum 123. On Grosseteste see Sharpe, Latin Writers.
Unidentified; probably Grosseteste. Continuing from a missing page, it begins immediately after item 1 in a different hand, and was continued on a page which is now also lacking.
For Grosseteste’s sermons references are to Thomson, Grosseteste, 164, and Schneyer, 5. 177 et seq.
Grosseteste, Sermo 12 (Thomson), Sermo 14 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 13 (Thomson), Sermo 15 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 2 (Thomson), Sermo 3 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 1 (Thomson), Sermones 1–2 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 6 (Thomson), Sermo 7 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 7 (Thomson), Sermo 9 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 14 (Thomson), Sermo 16 (Schneyer, v. 178), i.e. Memorandum to pope Innocent IV and the curia, 13 May, 1250. Ed. S. Gieben, ‘Robert Grosseteste at the Papal Curia, Lyons 1250: edition of the documents’, Collectanea Franciscana, 41 (1971), 340–93. See also Thomson, Grosseteste, 141–7.
Items 4(ii–vii) following are parts of the dossier relating to the occasion of Grosseteste’s visit to the curia and his denunciation of ecclesiastical customs. Our collection lacks the Parabola (Gieben, 370–2). The text of our manuscript (his E) is described by Gieben as being ‘sorely astray'. There are countless omissions which indicate that the scribe must have been pressed for time and consequendy decided to stick to the essentials. Often he does not care about the ending of a word or about its correct spelling … Noteworthy are his errors by metathesis, which sometimes creates odd variants like strangulari/transgulari. Nevertheless, some correct readings and even a few larger omissions are preserved only in this manuscript.’
ed. Gieben 375–7.
ed. Gieben, 377–80.
ed. Gieben, 380–5.
ed. Gieben, 385–7.
ed. Gieben, 387–93/23.
An unidentified sermon on Ps. 71. 16.
Grosseteste, Sermo 16 (Thomson), Sermo 18 (Schneyer, v. 178).
Grosseteste, Sermo 24 (Thomson), Sermo 26 (Schneyer, v. 178).
Grosseteste, Sermo 25 (Thomson), Sermo 27 (Schneyer, v. 178, but with a different ending).
Grosseteste, Sermo 17 (Thomson), Sermo 19 (Schneyer, v. 178).
Grosseteste, Sermo 27 (Thomson), Sermo 29 (Schneyer, v. 177).
Grosseteste, Sermo 28 (Thomson), Sermo 30 (Schneyer, v. 179).
An unidentified sermon.
An unidentified sermon.
Grosseteste, Sermo 30 (Thomson), Sermo 32 (Schneyer, v.179).
A fragment of an unidentified sermon, beginning abruptly because of the loss of the preceding quire and ending abruptly because of the loss of the second leaf of quire 10. The text is probably Grosseteste or Ps.-Grosseteste.
pr. Bonaventura, Opera, vii (Rome, 1596), 104–5, our text beginning at 104b/9. ‘Sermo 37’, Thomson, 177; also Spurium 24, ibid. 250–1, q.v. for the various attributions.
ed. R. C. Dales and E. B. King, Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi, 10 (1987) (MS ‘Ex’), who comment that chapters 3–4 and many quotations are omitted. Our text ends in IX. 10, edn. 89/19; Thomson, Grosseteste, 131–2.
[At top, ‘Iste liber valet xxs. emi pro xvjs. xd. posterius feci scribi sermones in eo et sic valet xxxvs.’ Below this, in another hand of s. xv, is a contents list.]
The original part of the volume is presumably item 1. The contents list follows the order of much of this volume but with curious extras. It lists our sermons 2, 3(iii–vii), 4(ii–vii), 6(i), 6(iii)?, 7, 9(i–ii) but also includes six sermons between our sermons 2 and 3(iii) which can never have been in this volume, at least at that point, since the existing text is continuous: they are Schneyer nos. 5, 6, 11, 12 = Thomson nos. 4, 5, 9, 10. It further includes ‘Sermo in colla. ordinacione’ and ‘alius de episcopis’; one of which might be our 3(ii). The verso is blank and was once pasted down.
Two columns, c. 50–53 lines. Ruled in crayon.
Fols. 1r–12v, text hand; some punctuation added in 15th century. Fols. 13–36vb/27, text hand; occasional punctuation by virgula. Fols. 36va/28 to end of page, bastard anglicana, with occasional punctuation by double virgula; fols. 37r–107v, anglicana, unpunctuated. For a comment on the standard achieved by the scribe of fols. 13r–107v see note to item 4(i) 1 above.
3/4-line blue lombards flourished red at beginning of each item. Red and blue paraphs. In the sermons the lombards do not always succeed in guiding the reader through the text of item 4, since the scribe left spaces for them at the wrong places.
Sewn on four bands. Standard Exeter binding: simple and quite elegant, calf over millboards, the calf bearing blind decoration of a floral type, early 19th century.
Provenance and Acquisition
Probably written in Oxford.
After having the additional material added to its nucleus (see item *13) the book came to Exeter in 1418 as part of the estate of M. Thomas Plymiswode, donor of MSS 23 and 43 (Rector’s Accounts, winter 1418; Boase1, 10–11, Boase2, 22).
Probably Ecloga, no. 24, CMA, no. 33, (‘Grosthed … Tractatus de Mandatis—De cura Pastorali’).
On fol. iv are two notes in 19th-century hands on the loss of leaves from the book.
Exeter library identifications are: on the front pastedown, bookplate 3, and on it ‘Q8—1 Gall’, deleted and replaced by ‘172–G–1’, and ‘Coxe xxi’ on it; and on fol. iv Coxe Cat. no. xvi’. ‘1’ is on a round paper label at the top of the spine.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Rector and Fellows of Exeter College.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-04-29: First online publication