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MS. Lat. th. d. 29

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

A: Lanfranc, Monastic Constitutions. B: Theological extracts and sententiae; both English, 12th century, second half.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 80 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 230 × 160 mm.


plain blue, red, green and buff initials in both MSS



modern niger morocco binding.


Origin: 12th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Titles (13th–15th cent.) ‘Consuetudines Lanfranci et excerpta de poenitentiale. Item Seneca ad lucillum’, and press-mark ‘E 25’ (fol. iii)

William Brent of Willington, Warwick , given to Sir William Dugdale , ‘i Oct.1675’ (fol.iii verso)

Thorpe catalogue, 1831, no. 4108

W. Shaw Mason (fol.iii verso)

4th Duke of Newcastle, Sotheby's 6 Dec. 1937, lot 955

André de Coppet , his sale at Sotheby's 6 Dec. 1954, lot 34, bought by Quaritch for £95.

Given by Arthur. A. Houghton .

MS.Lat.th.d.29 – Part 1


Lanfranc, Monastic Constitutions,

as in the text ed. D.Knowles (Medieval Classics), 1951.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et incumbentes
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): 180 × 120 mm.


1(8)-5(8), 6(4) quires numbered I-VI at the end in green


28 long lines

MS.Lat.th.d.29 – Part 2


Summary of Contents: Collection of extracts and theological‘sententiae’ including:

Language(s): Latin

Seneca, Ad Lucilium,

epp.I.1 §1–3, I.2, I.3§2–end

Language(s): Latin
Ivo of Chartres, Epp. 78, 80 (P.L.162 col. 99, 101)
Language(s): Latin
Summa on marriage

Pr. H. Weisweiler Das Schrifttum der Schule Anselms (Beitr. z. Gesch. d. Philos. d. Mittelalters XXXIII, pp.33, 34) and F.Bliemetzrieder (Rech. de théol. anc. et méd. III (1931), pp.274–87, lines 1–235 and 266–74

Incipit: Cum omnia sacramenta post peccatum et propter peccatum… pudicitia coniugalis. Coniugium est secundum Ysidorum
Explicit: adulter uxoris
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Fides preterea coniugii

Pr.A.Wilmart (Rech. de théol. anc. et med. XI (1939), p.129, the other from the Sententiae Anselmi,

Language(s): Latin
Sententiae Anselmi (extract)

ed. Bliemetzrieder (Beitr. z. Gesch. d. Philos. d. Mittelalters XVIII 2–3) p.112 lines 22–5

Incipit: Tria bona sunt
Language(s): Latin
Sentences on penitence
Incipit: Penitencia vera est penitenda non admittere
Rubric: Aug.in sexagesimo libro sermonum
Language(s): Latin
Text on almsgiving
Rubric: Incipit de elemosina
Incipit: Due sunt elemosine
Language(s): Latin
Sententiae Anselmi (extracts)

‘De homicidio’, ed. Bliemetzrieder pp. 96 line 20–97 line 18, (fol.59) ‘De mendacio’, ed. cit. pp. 101 line 11–103 line 16, (fol.60) ‘De votis’, ed.cit.p.102 lines 18–28

Language(s): Latin
Rubric: De timore mortis Augustinus
Incipit: Mortem carnis omnis homo timet
Explicit: etiam si noluerimus habebimus
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Sententia Anselmi archiepiscopi de consecratione altaris

Pr. with different beginning and end P.L. 159 col.194 (cf.A.Wilmart La tradition des lettres de S.Anselme, Rev. Bened. XLIII (1931), p.38 n.2)

Incipit: Quod de altari et de ecclesia quesivistis
Explicit: diligentissime expurgetur et denuo consecretur
Language(s): Latin
Patristic extracts
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Magister Hugo Sancti Victoris
Incipit: Cum in omnibus actionibus nostris querendum sit
Explicit: et usum habeat
Language(s): Latin

Four pieces without heading:

Incipit: Tribus ex causis serviunt homines domino
Explicit: dulcedo permaxima erit
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Quoniam in presentiarum ubi sine labore
Explicit: ratione potestis
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Deus non delectatur in nostris afflictionibus
Explicit: ne offense parentur
Language(s): Latin
Eadmer, De beatitudine celesti
Incipit: Cumigitur iusti
Explicit: deus benedictus in omnibus. Amen

Pr. P.L. 159 col.600–606

Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin
Ps.-Seneca, De remediis fortuitorum
Rubric: Incipit liber Senece de remediis fortuitorum ad Gallionem

pr. Senecae Opera ed. F. Haase vol.III, pp.446–457, omitting the passages marked ‘ADDITIO’ in the text

Language(s): Latin
Decrees of the Council of Westminster, 1175
Incipit: Ideo in ecclesia dei
Explicit: coniunctio talis toleretur

Pr. Wilkins Concilia vol.I, pp.476–9. Fols.45 and 78 are blank.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: est ut (fol.46)
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): 175 × 110 mm.


1(8), 2(8), 3(8)(2 canc.), 4(10)


29 long lines

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2017-07-01: First online publication.