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Exeter College MS. 22

Johannes de Friburgo, Summa confessorum, etc.; Oxford?, England, c. 1330


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1ra-238ra)
Johannes de Friburgo, Summa confessorum
1(a). (fol. 1ra)
Nota de operibus Johannis de Friburgo
Incipit: Nota quod lector iste Johannes compilationem huius summe confessorum fecerat tabulam super summam Raymundi
Explicit: hunc illi indicauit preponendum.
1(b). (fols. 1ra-2rb)
Johannes de Friburgo, Libellus quaestionum casualium occurrentium in summa et apparatu fratris Raymundi
Rubric: Prologus fratris Johannis Lectoris in priorem libellum questionum casualium.
Incipit: Quoniam ⟨dubi⟩orum noua cottidie difficultas emergit
Rubric: Incipit prologus eiusdem fratris J. in summa confessorum.
Incipit: Saluti animarum et proximorum utilitati secundum ordinis mei professionem
Explicit: [fol. 1vb] titulis supponendo.
Rubric: Tituli primi libri.
Incipit: De symonia ...
Explicit: propter nuptias.

Kaeppeli, 2343.

1(c). (fols. 2rb-238ra)
Johannes de Friburgo, Prologus in summa and Summa confessorum
Rubric: Incipit summa confessorum compilata a fratre Johanne lectore ordinis fratrum predicatorum.
Incipit: Quoniam inter ecclesiastica crimina symoniaca heresis optinet primum locum
Explicit: et cui ar [recte ac] sequentibus. Licet autem ... Gratias ago ... secula seculorum.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de matrimonio et finitur per consequens quasi in .iiij. libros tota summa confessorum.

Kaeppeli, 2344.

all but (a) pr. Augsburg, 1476 Hain, 7365, BMC 2. 322); (a)–(c) pr. Lyons, 1518, fols. [iiiv]–CCXLIIr. Schulte, ii. 421–2; L. E. Boyle, ‘The Summa Confessorum of John of Freiburg ...’, in St Thomas Aquinas, 1274–1974: Commemoration Studies, ed. A. A. Maurer et al. (Toronto, 1974), ii. 245–68, repr. Boyle, Pastoral Care (as above, MS 19), ch. 3. Kaeppeli, following Boyle, dates (b)–(c) after 1280 and c. 1297–8 respectively.

2. (fols. 238ra-240rb)
Johannes de Friburgo, Tabula summarum Raymundi
Incipit: Isti sunt paragraphi summe fratris Ray. per numerum secundum quem ut plurimum in hac summa confessorum eorundem sit assignacio
Explicit: illud in summa notandum.

Kaeppeli, 2340. Pr. Lyons 1518 edn. as above, fols. CCXLIIv–CCXLVr.

3. (fols. 240ra-249r)
Johannes de Friburgo, Statuta summae confessorum ex sexto libro decretalium addita
Rubric: Incipiunt statuta summe confessorum ex vjto decretalium quantum pertinere videtur ad materiam eiusdem summe ac sub eisdem titulus[sic] et numero questionum.
Incipit: Prologus. De [recte Ne] libri qui de summa confessorum iam scripti erant appositione statutorum a domino bonifacio summo pontifice
Explicit: contra legis nititur voluntatem.
Final rubric: Explicit compendiosa tabula quorundam statutorum ex sexto libro decretalium ad summam confessorum.

pr. in Lyons 1518 edn. of 1 and 2 above, fols. CCXLVv–CCLIIIIv; Kaeppeli, 2345. Following Boyle, Kaeppeli dates this work to after 1298.

4. (fols. 249r-278rb)
Johannes de Friburgo, Tabula summa confessorum
Rubric: [in margin Tabula summe confessorum]
Incipit: In hac tabula vbicumque sit simpliciter ... Incipit tabula super summam confessorum. Abbas
Explicit: et in multis aliis locis.
Final rubric: Explicit tabula super summam confessorum.

pr. in Lyons 1518 edn. of 1, 2, and 3 above, fols. ir–xxviiiv.

*5. (fol. 278v)

[Notes in three hands of s. xiv on heretics from Clementines III. 8. i; on tithes of benefices from Clementines III. 8. ii; on heretics, source untraced; and a reference ‘De reuerencia nominis Christi lib. j. ti. 14. q. 2’.]

Added later.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: De negociis.
Form: codex
Support: parchment FHHF
Extent: 278 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 333 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (column): 250 × 70 mm.


1–712 816 9–2212 2310. Catchwords in scribes’ hands in boxes, some red. There are several series of medieval letter-and-number quire signatures, another consisting of crayon strokes, and a series of red numbers which was applied during the 18th-century rebinding. Visible on the last page of fourteen quires are checking notes either in the form ‘numerus probatus’ (on quire 5 ‘numerus probatus preter homicidium’) or ‘numerus probatus’ plus (in a second hand) ‘Cor preter quem’ (quire 12), ‘cor preter’ being followed by words which have not been deciphered (quires 10 and 11).


Two columns, c. 60–63 lines. Ruled in crayon.


Anglicana formata, by several scribes, punctuated by low point. Running titles, some red, are in anglicana, as are running titles and numbers of tituli, which are in ink.


Alexander and Temple, no. 314, describe the decoration as ‘fine’ but that exaggerates the quality, which is modest. The gold initial on fol. 1r is inhabited by a Dominican friar expounding a text and has a very long painted extender which acts as a bar-frame border round most of the text area. Some painted initials at the beginning of books have a very little gold.

There are also ⅔-line blue lombards, flourished red, rubrics, red and blue paraphs, red line-fillers and stroking.


Sewn on five bands. Standard Exeter binding: simple and quite elegant, calf over millboards, the calf bearing blind decoration of a floral type, early 19th century.


Origin: c. 1330 ; Oxford?, England

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably produced in a Dominican house, perhaps at Oxford.

Recorded at Exeter c. 1600 as Ecloga, no. 13, then in CMA, no. 24. There are marginalia throughout in hands of s. xiv.

Exeter library identifications are, on the front pastedown, the book stamp, ‘Ex. Coll: Oxon.’, ‘Q8—2 Gall’ (deleted), ‘172–G–2’ and ‘Coxe Cat. no. XXII.’ ‘2’ is on a round paper label at the top of the spine.

Record Sources

Andrew G. Watson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Exeter College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2000.


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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

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