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W. DE MONTIBUS, ETC.

MRJ number: 
141
College classmark: 
F.4

    Vellum, 9.25 x 6.625, ff. 150 + 1, single and double columns, several hands.

Early 13th cent.

    Old binding, once covered with red skin.

    Donor, T. C. S.

    Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18 26 38 48 54 68  | 710 (10 canc.) 88 | 98 - 118 (+1) | 1212 (11, 12 canc.) 138 | 1412 1512 (+ slip) 168 (+ 3 slips) 178 188 (+ slip).

    On f. 1, at top, faint:

                                                Liber S. Marie de (erased).

    Note on gerundives on flyleaf.

    Contents:

   I.    1.  Willelmi de Montibus Numerale     .         .         .         .         .         .       f. 1

               Dicitur deus essentialiter.

               Ends: nomen. s. numerale imposuimus. plura quidem hic

                   omissa in aliis opusculis nostris copiosius sunt exarata.

               On verso, in a curious hand:

               qui habet sermonem meum loquatur sermonem meum vere.

                   Nonne uerba tua sunt quasi ignis quasi malleus conterens

                   petram, etc.

  II.     2.  Capitula of a Penitential treatise     .         .         .         .         .         .          43

               Ista sunt inquirenda in confessione sec. Mag. Will. de Monte          .         44

               Hec sunt de quibus inquisitio facienda est.

               On the margin of 45 part of a writ beginning Nouerint etc.

                   quod cum nobis de fferiby Archidiacono (?) et Offic., etc.

               On 50b.  Compotus Petri de Smethton custodis hosp(i)tii.

               On 58b.  Simon ffingaby Rec'.  Wellins (?), etc.

          3.  The tract on Confession is followed on f. 47b by Sermons.

               In sudore uultus tui, etc.

               Beati pauperes spiritu.

               De utroque aduentu.  Adiuuit dominus pauperem.

               De ieiunio, etc.  De thesauro

               De torrente in uia bibet.

 III.     4. A Penitential consisting of extracts from various canons and

                   other sources.  In 133 chapters    .         .         .         .         .         .           60

               Numquam nimis docetur aut scitur quod cum salutis dispendio

                   tacetur aut ignoratur.

               Ends with extracts from the Penitentials of Theodore, Bede,

                   and the Roman penitential.

                     -centum solidi dati in elemosinam annum excusant.

                       Expl.

          5.  De modo penitencias iniungendi      .         .         .         .         .         .           81

               Modo dic omnia peccata tua

                     -per suam magnam misericordiam dat mihi ueniam pecca-

                       torum.

               Explicit epliceat. ludere Simon eat.  Amen.

          6.  De quinque septenis (Hugo de S. Victore?)    .         .         .         .         .      81b

               Quinque septena in sacra scriptura inueni

                     -filii dei uocabuntur.

               Sermons.  Fecit deus duo luminaria magna, etc.        .         .         .         .      82b 

               Capitula of no. 4       .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .      84

          7.  Inc. capitula anime penitentis (lxv)        .          .         .         .         .         .     85

               Inc. speculum penitentis

               De agnicione peccatorum tractatum teximus

                     -simbolum fidei  reddat.  Expl spec. penit.  88b blank1.

          8.  Tractatus de arte predicatoria      .         .         .         .         .         .         .         89

               Uidit iacob scalam a terra usque ad celum.

               Perhaps ends f. 101a: uiuis domine I. C. rex glorie cum p. et

                   sp. s. per inf. sec. sec.  Amen (ter).

               In another hand the Prayer Summe sacerdos et uere pontifex       .          .     f. 101b 

 IV.     9. Inc. summa mag. Joh. Belet de ecclesiasticis officiis          .         .          .        103

               In primitiua ecclesia prohibitum erat (CCII 13).

               Ends 132b: coronemur in celis. prestante d. n. I. C. qui, etc.

                   Expl.

         10.  Commendatio apostolorum           .         .         .         .         .         .         .        132b

               Omnes apostoli discipuli non omnes discipuli apostoli.

               Last section De S. Stephano ends 134b. 

               Christus creditur et adoratur.

 V.    11. Sermo in die ascensionis     .         .         .         .         .         .         .          .       135

               Tria mihi difficilia sunt.

         12. Inc. excepciones SS. patrum ad monachos quas de (de) greco

                   transtulerat b. ieronimus in latinum.  Excepcio de uitas

                   patrum    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .      137

               Dixit abbas Antonius quocunque uadis.

               Some miscellaneous tales at the end.  The last two are a vision

                   from Bede, and the story of Lear (from Geoffrey of Mon-

                   mouth?) unfinished.

 VI.   13. Exposition of the Apostles' Creed    .         .         .         .         .         .         .       143

               Ut dicenda melius eluceant.

               Ends 147b.  uoluptate carnis fruituros.

               Excerpts and sermons (?) follow.

               At the end (149b) Epitaph of Pet. Comestor and scribbles.

   

                            

1 On 88a is the pencil note: Nota quod restant quatuor paria de miserere mei deus usque  ad dominicam prox. post fest. vii dormiencium et totidem paria disciplinacionum usque ad eundem terminum.  Et Nota eciam quod sex psalteria adhuc remanent usque ad ad vincula S. Petri.

Supplementary information 

Negative microfilm in St John's College Library.

On III. 4, The penitential of Bartholomew of Exeter, see Adrian Morey, Bartholomew of Exeter (Cambridge, 1937), p. 165.

Items I.i (William de Montibus Numerale), II.2 (William de Montibus Speculum penitentis) and III.7 (Speculum penitentis) are edited in Joseph Goering, William de Montibus (c. 1140-1213): the schools and the literature of pastoral care. Studies and texts (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies) 108. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1992.

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