MS. Lyell 68
Rule of St. Clare (in German); Germany (Klarenthal), 1457
Pr. D. Brett-Evans, 'Diu regel der sanct Clara swestern orden. Ein deutsches Prosadenkmal aus dem 13 Jh.', Euphorion 54 (1960), 146-67. He only knew of three MSS.
with folio numbers
Fol. 53 blank.
14 long lines, ruled in ink.
Red initials, sometimes enclosing pen drawings. Miniature added in 1472. (P&A i. 171)
Pen drawings on fol. 8v, a bird; fol. 13v the head of a monk; fol. 15 stylized birds' heads.
Added, a framed pen drawing of St. Clare, labelled 'Sente Claren' and dated 1472, fol. i verso. She is dressed as an abbess and holds a monstrance in her right hand and a book and pastoral staff in her left hand. She is accompanied by the verses : 'Dit isz sente Claren de sal unsz bewaren vur Tufels list und varen ytzt und in allen J aren'.
Contemporary binding in bevelled wooden boards covered with calf; original sewing; pin for fastening (strap gone) in centre of upper cover; four bosses on upper and five on lower cover. Traces of a label on upper cover.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written by frater Johannes Molmecher: inscription, fol. 50v-51r. A Fr. Johannes Mulnmecher (d. 1479) was for thirty-six years confessor of the Convent of Poor Clares at Klarenthal, near Wiesbaden, in the diocese of Mainz (see F. Otto, Das Necrol. des Klosters Clarenthal bei Wiesbaden (Veroffentlichen der hist. Comm. für Nassau III), 1901, p. 57).
Maggs bros., booksellers: bought from them by James P. R. Lyell in August 1939: their Catalogue. 542 (1930).
Chosen as one of the hundred manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian by Lyell in 1948.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-03-26: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.