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MS. Lat. th. d. 36

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

A: Homiliary. B: Theological summa. English, 15th century.

Physical Description

Two manuscripts bound together
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 120 leaves (fol. 1–4, 118–20 are medieval flyleaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 270 × 195 mm.

Binding

15th cent. binding in wooden boards covered with white leather, rebacked. Traces of one clasp fastening to outer edge of lower cover.

Accompanying Material

The flyleaves (fol.1–4, 118–20, originally four bifolia: leaf wanting after fol.118) are from an early 13th cent. commentary on Vacarius, Liber pauperum, books VIII (fol.118–20) and IX (fol.1–4), 2 cols., fol.1–4, 54–63 lines, text space 230–40 x 134–44mm.; fol.118–20, 59–60 lines, text space 242–3 x 158 mm. The fragments are not from the same MS. as the Magdalen College, Oxford fragments in N.R. Ker, Pastedowns in Oxford bindings (Oxford Bibliog. Soc. N.S.V, 1951–2), nos. 16, 905.

History

Origin: 15th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

' Batho de Ugstall ' (?Uggeshall, Suffolk), 16th cent. (fol. 112)

Tollemache family, Helmingham Hall: Helmingham Hall, MS. 54

Sotheby's 8 July 1970, lot 62

Charles Traylen, Cat. 75, item 107, bought 1971.

MS. Lat. th. d.36 - Part 1

Contents

(fols. 5-103)
Homiliary

Based on Haymo of Auxerre , Easter - Advent followed (fol.89) by saints' days, Philip and James - Matthew, 150 homilies, of which 53 are by Haymo, 20 are taken from Haymo's commentary on the Epistles, and 33 are found in the interpolated version of Haymo's homiliary as pr. P.L. 118 (see H. Barré, Les Homéliaires carolingiens de l'Ecole d'Auxerre (Studi e Testi 225), 1962, esp. pp.50–4). There are also several genuine homilies of Bede (fol.83, 90, 91v(extracts), 93, 103), one of Leo the Great (fol.25) and B.H.L. 7851 on Stephen (fol.98). Three homilies on texts from Matthew (fol.95v, 97, 102) have not been identified. The remainder are found in other Carolingian homiliaries (chiefly of Smaragdus , Rabanus Maurus and Ps.-Bede ) or are taken from commentaries by Ambrosiaster , Bede and Alcuin . Up to fol.85v the collection in our MS. corresponds very closely with the collection in Trinity College, Cambridge MS.B.3.26(105), 12th cent.

Incipit: Fratres expurgate vetus fermentum etc. Precepit egregius predicator. (first homily)
Rubric: Sermones de sancto Solola (first homily)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Ille ergo
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): 215 × 145 mm.

Collation

1(8)–10(8), 11(8) (5–8 canc.), 12(8), 13(8)(1 canc.)

Layout

2 cols., 47 lines up to fol.44v, then 45 lines, ruled in ink

Hand(s)

Written in a small text hand

Decoration

Red initials and headings in first quire, remainder unrubricated.

MS. Lat. th. d.36 - Part 2

Contents

(fols. 104-117v)
Summa theologica

A short summa, on the Apostles' creed, the Lord's prayer, the ten commandments, sacraments, virtues, gifts of the Holy Spirit, beatitudes, vices. Followed by a table of beatitudes, etc.

Incipit: Fides est substancia rerum sperandarum… Heb.xi. Substancia id est subsistencia vel existencia quedam rerum sperandarum in anima credentis
Explicit: aliorum(?) in promocione
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: spiritu sancto
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): 212-5 × 144 mm.

Collation

14(8), 15(8)

Layout

2 cols., 45 lines, ruled in crayon

Hand(s)

Written in a current anglicana

Decoration

Plain red initials

Additional Information

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff