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ISIDORUS, CONSTITUTIONES, ETC.

MRJ number: 
88
College classmark: 
D.13

    Vellum,  10.125 x 7.25, ff. 97 + 2, double columns of 43, 49, etc. lines: two

volumes.  Fourteenth cent., in somewhat current hands.

    Donor, T. C. S.                                                                               2 fo.

    Collation: a2 18 - 38 46 (1 canc.) 58 68 76 (wants 6) 84 98 (2 canc.) 1010

(10 canc.) | 1112 1212 13? (three).

    On flyleaf: Rob. Benet (cf. C.9).

    There are various verses and receipts on flyleaves.

    i a.  Verses (8):   Non valet ille labor quem premia nulla secuntur

                                                                . . .

                                Non valet ebrietas per quem perit omnis honestas.

      

    i b.  Notes and verses on age of Christ and the Virgin.  Gifts of the Magi.      

           Old list of contents.

           Receipt pro stomacho et uoce.

 

   ii a.  Hic inc. nouum testamentum secundum Godffridum viterbiensem.

                         Si pro peccato uetus Adam non cecidisset, etc.

                         Anna et Esmeria sorores fuerunt.

                         Elizabeth referunt annamque fuisse sorores, etc.

                         Date of the incarnation (A. M.  5199) and verses.

    Contents:

  I.     1.    Prol. inc. Epistola S. Ysidori Spalensis ep. ad b. Masonum ep.    f.  iib

                Domino sancto meritisque beato-secundum pristinos gradus.

                Expl. ep. ac inc. capitula primi libri qui uocatur ysidorus de

                   summo bono, etc.: Capitula   .         .         .         .         .         .       1b

               Text.  Summum bonum deus est (LXXXIII 537)    .         .         .       2

               Lib. III ends f. 50b: letificandos includit.

                Two short forms of absolution and reconciliation  .         .         .       50b  

         2.    Change of hand.  Summa Penitentiae (attributed to Joh. de

                   Garlandia)         .         .          .         .         .         .         .         .        51

                Peniteas cito peccator cum sit miserator (CCVII 1153).

                With prose comment.  Spes uenie, etc. unde in psalmo

                   Sperate in eo.  

                Ends.  Et cure grauitas et consuetudo ruina.

                Note on blessings of Paradise: on confession.

                Expl. summa penitencie.

                In another hand.  A Constitution given at Mayfield 1362, 13th

                   year of s. pontificate     .         .         .         .         .         .         .        54b

                De fratrum nostrorum concilio dies festos presentibus inserere

                   duximus.

 II.    3.    Constitutiones Cantuarienses.

                Constitucio et decretum dd. Roberti et Walteri d. g. archiep.

                   cant. in eorum visitacione metropolitana.

                In primis prouisum est et ordinatum ut parochiani.

                Hic inc. constitt. d. Joh. de stretford quondam arch. cant.        .           56

                Sponsam christi sacrosanctam.

                Form of excommunication (Latin)    .         .         .         .         .           62b

                Decretum est apud oxon.

         4.    Liber accentuarius          .         .         .         .         .         .         .           64b

                (A.)  In media diccione corripitur

                      -disputo et reputo, etc.

                Expl. accentus de mediis silabis, qui scripsit carmen, etc.

         5.   A second copy of the Mayfield Constitution   .         .         .         .         67

         6.   Ff. litera dominicalis que patet per hanc diccionem fert in

                   principio istorum versuum fuit a. d. mo co co co xxxmo vio.

                Fert ea dux, etc.      .         .         .          .         .         .         .         .         67b

                Further notes on Compotus, ending 70b

                       -in summa mag. Joh. belete inuenietur.

                At the bottom of this leaf:

                Orate specialiter pro anima d. Walteri  chaltun quinque

                   missas wlnerum.

 III.   7.    Hic inc. constitt. d. Otonis cuiusdam cardinalis sedis apostolice

                   a. gratie  mo cco xxxo vijo         .         .         .         .         .         .         .     71

                Quoniam decet domum dei

                      -fore priuatum.  Expl. stat. Otonis.

         8.    Inc. const. Octoboni      .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .      74

                Octobonus miseracione diuina

                      -celebrant obseruari.

         9.    Const. Extrauagantes d. Johannis pape XXII         .         .         .         .     83b

                Iohannes, etc.  Suscepti regiminis.

        10.   Const. Joh. de peccham quondam Cant. Archiep.   .         .         .         .    87  

                Ab exordio na(s)centis ecclesie.

        11.  Const. facte in concilio Oxon. per d. Stephanum Cant. Arch.

                   a. d. m. cc. xxj., etc.          .         .         .         .         .         .         .         92b  

                Auctoritate dei patris

                      -solempniter iterare.

         12.  In a larger hand.

                Determinacio d. Benedicti (xii) pape de uisione beatifica      .         .         96b

                Benedictus ep., etc.  Benedictus deus in donis suis

                      -auinion.  iiii kal. Feb. Pont. n. anno secundo.

                (Hanc citat Bullam Bellarminus lib. 4 de Re pont. c. 14 In

                   Johannis pp. XXII defensionem et extat apud Pet. Mathaeum

                inter const. paparum.  At vero in multis discrepat illa impressa

                ab hac manuscripta.  Caveat sibi igitur hac in re prudens et

                cordatus lector a pontificiorum praestigiis et astutiis.  Hoc

                ego attestor Gul. Crashawe 1613.)

Supplementary information 

Regarding 'Rob. Benet', C. R. Haines, Dover Priory: a history of the priory of St Mary the Virgin and St Martin of the New Work (Cambridge, 1930), p. 390, note 3.

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