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Herbert of Bosham, Epistolae. Robert Grosseteste, Epistolae(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Herberti de Bosham Epistolae. Rob. Grosseteste Epistolae
Codicology:Vellum, 312 x 215 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (12.1 x 8.5 in.) and paper (11.5 x 8 in.). Two volumes.
Volume I: Double columns of 31 lines, ff. 64. Cent. xiv? in a large clear black hand.
Flyleaves from a xvith cent. document. Pasted on one is a leaf printed by Robert Caly of
“Orationes dicendae in Missis pro agendis deo gratiis de reconciliatione regni cum ecclesia catholica.
Oratio. Secreta. Post communionem.”
At the top is written: “Vanitas Vanitatum”
At the end a leaf (xvi) with a statement of “The ffootemen and Horsemen of the protestantes” and “the preparation of the warres in Almayne ffor the Emperoure” .
Epistolae Hereberti de Boseham.
See Hardy Cat. of Materials II 315 note. The MS. contains 46 letters: 10 by Herbert in the name of Becket: 6 in the names of other persons: 21 in his own name: the remainder by other persons.
In Robertson, Materials for the History of Archbishop Thomas Becket V, VI (Rolls), this manuscript is extensively used. For details see the Original James Record (PDF).(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
In J. A. Giles' Herberti de Bosham Opera vol. II, the letters are printed from this MS. and are reprinted in P. L. CXC. Nos. 8, 9, 17, 33 are in Giles's Epistolae S. Thomae (78, 79, 75).
No. 14 is in Epistolae Gilberti Foliot 436: 46 in Epistolae Arnulfi Lexov. 34: of the following, parts only are printed: 15, 21, 27, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44.
In 43 (Ep. Cardinalium) a leaf of the MS. is wanting.
Volume II: Paper, 45 long lines to a page. Cent. xv (1456), in current hand. ff. 68: a good deal stained, f. 1r torn and mutilated.
Used by Luard in his edition of the letters (Rolls): see p. xcvi.
There are two numberings of the letters, one by the scribe, the other added at the end of each letter (e.g. “Expl. ep. Lincoln. 58” ).
Volume I: i2 || e8-m8 (wants 4, 5) | gap | first and last leaves of another quire: quire a-d gone.
Volume II: 112 (wants 1) 212 314 412-612 (wants 2-6, 12).
Foliation: ff. a-b + i-ii + 1-132 + iii-v + c-d(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Volume I
Herbert of Bosham, Epistolae (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Ep. 1 begins imperfectly
(dis)crecio tua serenissime consul. Detracto igitur huic epistole
Ep. 46.
Hernulfi Lexoviensis Ep. ad Thomam
que mutua simul inuicem ratione connexe
(P. L. CCI, col. 59)
ff. 63r-64v contain portions of letters which I do not find printed
f. 63r begins
fieri in seculo. cur te subtrahis ab hominibus seculi. dicas uolumus. Tu cum homo sis an sis de celo an sis de mundo an de inferno
On f. 63v (the writer complains of being at Court)
puto si flactus (Flaccus) aduiueret apologum suum de urbano et rusticano mure michi adaptaret... Esopus eciam de sua cornice garriret etc.
Tu ergo bone ihesu qui tres mortuos le...
f. 64r begins
ab omnibus celebratus est in abscondito iam in celebri est ignominiosus iste contractus et scelestum commercium
Col. 2
uulgi genus quod tota die deridendo clamare non cessat. Ecce hic christus, ecce ibi, crucifixus eboracensis cantuariensi preualuit. sic cotidie contendunt et litigant
f. 64v, col. 2
aduerto quod epistolici caracteris iam excesserim modum
nam absque fortitudine omnes de quibus propheta dicit Dederunt preciosa queque pro cibo ad refocillandam ...
Volume II
Robert Grosseteste, Epistolae (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Quires 4, 5 (ff. 102r-125v) contain letters 4-42
Quires 1, 2 contain letters 74 (end)-130
Ep. 130 ends on 88v
Then follows the letter (Ep. 127, Luard)
Moyses qui tradente domino susceperat gubernaculum
omnium supremo in ipsa superiori potestate obeditur
Scripta sunt hec in crastino sancte lucie a. d. 1456, deo gracias
See also MS 257. 4, MS 453. 2.
On ff. 126r-127v in double columns is a list of the Epistles (1-121)
1. Deus est prima forma et forma omnium
2. Quando paulisper a peregrinando supersedebat, etc.
Then follow Epp. 1 (1 Luard), 3 Luard, 16 Luard