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Nicholas Love OCarth, The Mirrour of the blessyd Lyf of Christ. Treatise on the Sacrament of Christ's Body. Lives of Saints Nicholas, Katherine and Margaret. Form of Confession. Tretys of goostly batayle. Articles of Excommunication(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Mirror of the Life of Christ etc.
Codicology:Vellum, 330 x 225 mm(Content authored by Corpus Christi College) (13 x 8.8 in.), ff. 126 + 2, double columns of 40 lines. Cent. xv, in a rather ugly hand.
Collation: 1 flyleaf, 18-118 124 138-168 172, 1 flyleaf.
Decoration:There are good partial borders and initials in gold and colour of the characteristic English work of the time.
Foliation: ff. i-iii + 1-127 + iv-v(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Language: Middle English and Latin.(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Contents
1.
1r-85v
Nicholas Love OCarth, The Mirrour of the blessyd Lyf of Christ(Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
Mirror of the Life of Christ
The mirrour of þe blessid lyf of Ihesu [translated from the Latin of cardinal Bonaventure by John Morton] (Content authored by Nasmith)
Ad frontem operis
“Attende lector hujus libri prout sequitur in Anglico scripti, quod ubicunque in margine ponitur litera N verba sunt translatoris sive compilatoris in Anglicis praeter illa quae inseruntur in libro scripto secundum communem opinionem a venerabili doctore Bonaventura in Latino de meditatione vitae Ihesu Christi, et quando pervenitur ad processum et verba ejusdem doctoris inseritur in margine litera B. prout legenti sive intuenti istum librum speculi vitae Christi lucide poterit apparere.”
“Memorandum quod circa annum Domini 1410, originalis copia hujus libri scilicet speculi vitae Christi in Anglicis presentabatur per compilatorem ejusdem N. reverendissimo in Christo patri, et domino Thomae Arundell Cantuar. archiepiscopo ad inspiciendum et debite examinandum antequam fuerat liber communicatus: qui post inspectionem ejusdem per dies aliquot retradens istum librum memorato translatori ejusdem libri propriae vocis oraculo ipsum in singulis commendavit et approbavit, necnon et auctoritate sua metropolitica utpote catholicum publice communicandum fore decrevit et mandavit ad fidelium edificationem et hereticorum sive Lollardorum confutationem. AMEN.” (Content authored by Nasmith)
1r
Rubric:
At þe bygnnyng þe proheme of þe booke þt is clepid the myrrour of þe blessid lijf of ihesu
Capitula follow
At the foot of f. 1r in red is the date 1560
The notices “Adtende lector” and “Memorandum quod circa” are on f. 2r. The translator N. was Nicholas Love, Prior of the Carthusian house of Mount Grace in Yorkshire. The text was printed for the Roxburghe Club in 1905
2v
Prohemium
2v
Rubric:
Quecumque scripta sunt etc.
2v
Incipit:
These ben þe wordis of þe grete doctour
3r
Explicit:
bigynneþ in þis manere sentence
3r
Rubric:
Bonaventure incipit
3r
Incipit:
Among oþere vertues commendingis of þe holi virgine Cecile
4v
Rubric:
A devout meditacioun of þe grete counseile in hevene etc.
4v
Incipit:
Afftir þe tyme þat man was exilid
Ends
85v
Explicit:
to confusioun of alle fals lollardis and eretikis. Amen
85v
Rubric:
Blessid be þe name of oure lord Ihesu and his modir marie now and ever wiþouten ende. Amen
85v
Rubric:
Thus eendiþ þe book þt is clepid þe myrrour of þe blessid lijf of oure lord Ihesu Criste
85v
Rubric:
Explicit speculum uite Christi
2.
85v-92v
Treatise on the Sacrament of Christ's Body (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
A tretice of þe hiȝest and moste worþy sacrament of Crists blessid body and þe merveilis þerof (Content authored by Nasmith)
85v
Rubric:
Now sueþ a tretice of þe hiȝest and moste worþy sacrament of Cristes blessid body and þe merveilis þer of
85v
Incipit:
Memoriam fecit mirabilium etc.
85v
Incipit:
These wordis of Dauid in þe sauter seid in prophecie
Ends
92v
Explicit:
by vertu and grace of þy lijf blissid wiþ owten endynge. Amen
92v
Rubric:
Ihesu lord þy blessid lijf
Helpe and coumfort our wrecchid lijf. Amen
92v
Rubric:
Explicit speculum vite Christi complete
This is also by Nicholas Love
3.
93r-96v
Life of St Nicholas (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
þe lyfe of seynt Nicolas bisschop of Myrre (Content authored by Nasmith)
93r
Incipit:
Seynt Nicholas was bore in the citee of patras
96v
Explicit:
and thonkynge to owre lord god. and to þe merite of þe holy seynt Nicolas
4.
96v-106r
Life of St Katherine (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
þe lyfe of þe holy virgyn seynt Kateryne (Content authored by Nasmith)
96v
Incipit:
Here bygynneþ þe right excellent and most glorious life of seynt Kateryn whiche by dissent of lyne was of þe noble kynredis of þe Emperours etc.
106r
Explicit:
as it is conteyned in þe Invencioun of þe crosse how Maxence was ponysshid for þis felony and for oþere
5.
106r-107v
Life of St Margaret (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
þe lyfe of þe holy virgyn seynt Margarete (Content authored by Nasmith)
106r
Incipit:
Seynt Margarete was of þe cite of Antioche doughter of Theodosyen a paynym patriarche
107v
Explicit:
She was hatefull to her fadir and frende and love to owre Lord Ihesu Crist
6.
107v-110v
Form of confession (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
A form of confession (Content authored by Nasmith)
107v
Incipit:
Benedicite. I knowleche to our lord Almyȝty God Ihesu
110v
Explicit:
and also þat ye wolde vouchesafe to prey for me. Amen
110v
Rubric:
And þus eendiþ þis Confessioun
7.
111r-121r
Tretys of goostly batayle (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
A tretys of goostely batayle (Content authored by Nasmith)
111r
Incipit:
Brothir or sustre þt desirist to come to þe eendles blisse
121r
Explicit:
to eendles blisse whiche man was ordeyned to in his fyrst creacioun. Amen
121r
Rubric:
Deo gracias
8.
121r-126r
Articles of excommunication (Content authored by Corpus Christi College)
General sentence, or, Articuli majoris excommunicationis in lingua materna (Content authored by Nasmith)
121r
Incipit:
Goode men and wommen it is ordeyned by the counseil of al holy chirche
Ends
126r
Explicit:
for to dwelle in the peynes of helle for ever without ende. ffiat fiat. Amen
See Maskell, Monumenta Ritualia II 286-301
On f. 126v is: Thys ys betrys (Beatrice) beuerleys book (xv) and on the last flyleaf f. 127v(Content authored by Corpus Christi College): “Thys Booke ys Wylliam bodleys and Elizabethe hys wyffe” (xv-xvi)