RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Order NoMS 224
Extentff. 2 + 213
TitleANSELMI OPERA
Date12th century, 14th century
DescriptionOld list of contents with additions by Sancroft and others,
running thus:
Anselmi monologium lib. i (red) / Eiusdem proslogium lib. i /
Eiusd. de incarn. uerbi Ep. i / Eiusd. cur deus homo libri ii / Eiusd.
de conceptu uirginali lib. i / Eiusd. [de gratia et libero arbitrio]
(rewritten xv: over erasure) lib. i: (an alternative title De concordia
predestinacionis etc. written on R.) / Eiusd. meditatio redemptionis
humane lib. i / Eiusd. de grammatico lib. i / Eiusd. de ueritate lib. i /
Eiusd. de libero arbitrio lib. i / Eiusd. de casu diaboli lib. i / Eiusd.
Epistolarium. / So far is Malmesbury's hand: the next seven items
are in a neat xvth-cent. hand: De processione sp. s., De azimo,
Excerptiones de diuersis libris eiusd., Exp. super illud Intrauit
ihesus, De corpore Christi, Contra insipientem, De conceptione
b. marie. In a worse hand follows: Ep. eiusdem de sacramentis
ecclesie. Most of these titles had been written in earlier pencil on R.

1. Title in red and purple. Inc. Ep. Anselmi Arch.ad Lanfrancum
arch. in monologio . . . . . f. 1
Reverendo et amando - uolentibus prebeatur.
Proemium. Quidam fratres - inuenerit.
Capitula. 1b. Text. Siquis unam 2b.
Initials of chapters alternately in red and purple.
- trinus et unus. Expl. Monol. Ans. Cant. Arch.

2. Inc. prol. in Proslogio. Postquam opus - nominaui . . . . . 22b
Expl. prooem. Inc. capitula. Text. Eya nunc . . . . . 23
- benedictus in sec. Amen.

3. (Contra insipientem: no title: reckoned as part of the Proslo-
gion: headed Repetitio) . . . . . 28
Ergo domine qui das - non possum non intelligere.
Obiectio cuiusdam pro Insipiente. Dubitanti . . . . . 28b
Responsio Ans. ad obiecta. Quoniam non me . . . . . 30
- reprehendisti. Expl. Proslogion.

4. Inc. Ep. Anselmi de incarnatione Verbi: Domino et patri... . . . . . 32b
VRBANO
- aperte inueniet.

5. Inc. Proem. Anselmi Arch. in libro cur deus homo. Opus
subditum . . . . . 40
- despiciat. Expl. Prol. Inc. capit. 40b.
Text. (lib. I.) Sepe et studiosissime . . . . . 40b
Lib. II. capitula 53. Text 53b - debemus. qui est bened. in
sec. Amen.
Expl. lib. II. Cur deus homo.

6. Inc. capitula in libro Ans. Cant. Arch. de conceptu Virginali . . . . . 63b
Text. Cum in omnibus religiose - probari poterit. Expl. lib.
de conc. Virg.

7. Inc. lib. Ans. Arch. de concordia trium questionum Predesti-
nationis et gratie Dei cum libero arbitrio. De tribus illis . . . . . 75
- petentibus impendere. Expl. etc.

8. Unde malum. No original title . . . . . 86
Si malum nichil est - bonum est quod fecit.
Fr. Anselmus dictus abbas becci ... mauritio. Scriptum illud
- annexum epistole destinaui.
86b col. 2 blank.

9. Inc. Meditatio Redemptionis Humane edita ab. Ans. Arch. . . . . . 87
Anima Christiana - refocilla eam.

10. Inc. lib. Ans. Arch. de grammatico . . . . . 89
Discipulus. De grammatico peto ut me - non negabis.

11. Inc. Pref. Ans. Arch. Cant. in tribus tractatibus . . . . . 95
Tres tractatus pertinentes ad studium - uolo ordinari.
Capitula de Veritate 95b. Inc. Tract, primus de veritate . . . . . 95b
Quoniam deum veritatem
Capitula de libero arbitrio 102b. Text. Quoniam liberum
arbitrium . . . . . 103
Capitula de casu diaboli 109. Text. Discipulus. Illud apostoli
quid habes . . . . . 109
- potestate loquendi. Expl. de casu diaboli.

12. Epistolae Anselmi (217) without title . . . . . 120b
These have been read by Abp. Parker, who has numbered them
and written headlines (Centuria i, ii, etc.). Another annotator has
written references to an 'alius liber epistolarum' - possibly the
other Lambeth copy (MS 59).
Centuria 2 begins on f. 153. Cent. 3 on 169b: it contains only
17 Epistles, ending with that to Walerannus (no. 19, 20 below).
A comparison of this collection with the printed editions
(Gerberon, etc. and Patrologia Latina clviii, clix) shows a complete
absence of chronological arrangement. The results of a rough
examination of more than half the collection are as follows:
Cent I. Ep. l = II. 31.
2 = II. 12.
3 Si ego contemptibilis.
4 IV. 120.
5 I. 21.
6 I. 52.
7 Lanfranco: Didici.
8 I. 53.
9 I. 64.
10 II. 23.
11 Henrico. Pensa dulcis.
12 Anselmus. Insipientissimum.
13 Lanfrancus nepoti Lanfranco. Aduersum te.
14 Lanfranco. Antequam donum.
15 II. 45.
16 II. 49.
17 II. 22.
18 I. 1.
19 I. 3.
20 Hugoni. Si cum eo.
21 I. 8.
22 Gundulfo. Sic te per.
23 I. 10.
24 Henr. de Bello. Consilium nullum.
25 I. 2.
26 I. 29.
27 I. 44.
28 I. 69.
29 I. 71.
30 I. 72.
31 Will. Fiscann. Ex quo mihi.
32 II. 1.
33 II. 19.
34 II. 10.
35 Mauritio. Volo ut cum.
36 II. 11.
37 II. 13.
38 II. 16.
39 I. 75.
40 II. 20.
41 II. 26.
42 II. 15.
43 II. 14.
44 II. 24.
45 I. 73.
46 II. 37.
47 II. 36.
48 II. 25.
49 II. 9.
50 II. 18.
51 II. 26.
52 II. 27.
53 II. 17.
54 II. 30.
55 Rotberto. Quia scio.
56 II. 39.
57 II. 40.
58 II. 38.
59 Guillelmus. Non est nostrum.
60 I. 76.
61 I. 77.
62 Odoni Litteras.
63 Fulcho. Pater.
64 I. 12.
65 Balduino. Quamuis de.
66 II. 3.
67 II. 5.
68 II. 6.
69 II. 7.
70 De d(no) henrico qui camerarius.
71 I. 74.
72 Odoni Si uestra.
73 I. 48.
74 II. 50.
75 R. Abb. Fiducia.
76 Beccensibus. Quamuis diuina.
77 (Postcript): Hanc epistolam.
78 III. 1.
79 II. 28.
80 III. 141.
81 Bernardo (S. Alban's) Fratres ad me.
82 Odoni. Dicitur.
83 III. 167.
84 III. 88.
85 E. Abb. of S. Edward's. Per quendam.
86 III. 171.
87 III. 173.
88 Henrico R. Ad uestram.
89 III. 175.
90 Girardus Ebor. Sustinuimus.
91 III. 122.
92 Henrico R. Ad me.
93 III. 176.
94 III. 79.
95 III. 78.
96 Paschalis Willelmo. Licet cause
97 III. 140.
98 III. 179.
99 III. 180.
100 III. 181.
Cent. II. Ep. 1 III. 182.
2 III. 183.
3 III. 149.
4 III. 184.
5 III. 186.
6 III. 152.
7 III. 153.
8 III. 187.
9 III. 185.
10 III. 155.
11 G. pans. ep. Didici.
12 III. 13.
13 M. Wilton, Abb. Officium.
14 III. 31.
15 R. Monacho. Audiui.
16 R. Beccensi Totiens.
17 III. 38.
18 III. 39.
19 R. S. Quoniam ad officium.
20 Cestrensibus. Gratias ago.
21 H. Qui a vera.
22 III. 50.
23 IV. 9.
24 III. 161.
25 IV. 11.
26 Waltero S. Alban. Litteris.
27 III. 51.
28 III. 58.
29 IV. 13.
30 III. 59.

13. Inc. lib. Anselmi Arch. de processione Spiritus Sancti . . . . . 174
Negatur a Grecis
On 175b the hand changes from one of cent. xii to one of
cent. xiv?
- non sensui latinitatis. Expl. etc.

14. De sacrificio azimi et fermentato . . . . . 185
Anselmus ... Waleranno - iudicatur.

15. Excerpciones de libris anselmi (15) . . . . . 187b
Begins with extracts from the Monologion.

16. Meditacio ad dei dileccionem excitandam Anselmi Arch.
( = no. 9) . . . . . 192b
Anima Christiana - solus bened. in sec. sec. Amen.

17. Exposicio Ans. super Intrauit Ihesus. Quid ad gloriosam . . . . . 193
- participes sumus meritis et precibus eius per I. C. filium
eius qui, etc.

18. The beginning of De tribus questionibus (no. 11) crossed out . . . . . 195

19. Inc. Ep. S. Ans. de sacramentis ecclesie . . . . . 195b
Domino ... Waleranno - olim quandam epistolam.

20. Ep. secunda Ans. Cant. Arch. ad ualerianum, etc. . . . . . 196
A second copy of the last.

21. Inc. Ans. de corpore christi . . . . . 197
Primum quidem quid hoc - animam reficit.
Expl. etc.

22. Inc. lib. Ans. contra respondentem pro insipiente ( = no. 3) . . . . . 204b

23. De conceptione b. uirginis marie . . . . . 208b
Principium quo salus - obnoxiam asserit (210a)

The changes of hand and variations of script in the twelfth-
century portion of the volume are not infrequent. I notice the
following:
On 11b a very pretty narrow upright hand writes part of col. 1
On 19a the first lines of col. 1 may not be by Malmesbury: but
perhaps it is only a case of change of ink.
On 34b, col. 2 there is an apparent change for 15 lines, and
another on 35b.
On 41, 42 the script varies.
On 74a, 74b there is some larger writing: possibly the different
quality of the vellum has occasioned the variation.
(86 looks as if it had not been written at the same time as its
neighbours.)
At 122 there is probably a change of hand. Certainly all
quire 17 (ff. 125-134) is by another scribe. Malmesbury resumes
at 135.
Part of 149a is by another hand, and there is some irregularity
in what follows: but the style does not wholly change till 155a.
From there till 174a it is uniform: narrower than Malmesbury's hand.
On 174a Malmesbury perhaps resumes, and probably continues
to 175b, where the later hand comes in.
FindingAidsCatalogue description based on M. R. James, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Lambeth Palace: The Mediaeval Manuscripts' (Cambridge, 1932)
Also referred to in 'Lambeth Palace Library and its Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts; Exhibition mounted for the biennial conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 3 August 2007', ed. David Ganz and Jane Roberts with Richard Palmer (printed for the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists by Taderon Press, London, 2007)
Also referred to in P.R. Robinson, 'Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 888-1600 in London Libraries' (2003).
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 10 7/8 x 7, double columns of 40 and 37 lines. Two portions: one of cent. xii in the beautiful small hand of William of Malmesbury, perhaps with additions by other hands: the other beginning on 175b in a rather rough xivth-cent. hand.
Calf binding, pr. 2s.
Collation: 2 flyleaves 1(10) 2(8)-10(8) 11(4) 12(10) 13(8) 14(4) 15(8) 16(8) 17(10) 18(8)-20(8) 21(8) (+ 2) 22(12) (9-11 canc.) 23(10) 24(8) 25(8) 26(10).
CreatorNameA great part of this book is in the autograph of the historian William of Malmesbury (see Custodial History).
CustodialHistoryOn ii a is:
disputat Anselmus presul cantorberiensis
Scribit Willelmus monachus Malmesberiensis
Ambos gratifice complectere lector amice,
followed by a list of contents in the same hand with additions of cent. xv, and by Sancroft, partly written over old pencil notes, very faint. Also in a large later hand (pencil): Ti. 2. A name (? Tho Heatly) in ink. Verso blank.
On i b are these inscriptions (xv):
(a) liber m. T. Stevynson ex dono M. J. Mershal(l) / cuius animie propicietur deus (lined through);
(b) liber m. rowlandi philipps vicarii de croydon;
(c) (xvi: note on b) the vicar w(ch) vsed moche to preache at paulys cross in y(e) dayes of henry the vii(th) & henry the viij(th).
On i a at top (xv) the number: . xxvj .
On the last leaf (xiv) monogram of G & I and xvij(s) iiij(d) ciste Vniuersitatis, followed by three erased entries of Cautiones, of which not much can be recovered.
The third is: exposita in cista antiqua Vniuersitatis a. d. m. cccclx. xv (?) [die] ... (supplementum ?) ff. eliqua sis et jacet pro vij(s). iiij(d). I can make nothing of the others.

Red pencil marks as used by Archbishop Matthew Parker (especially ff. 120v-174r), and a note in his hand at f. 126. Owned subsequently by John Parker, son of the Archbishop. See item 3 in Sheila Strongman, 'John Parker's manuscripts: an edition of the lists in Lambeth Palace MS. 737', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society', vol 7, 1977, pp. 1-27.

Bancroft-Abbot catalogue (Lambeth Palace Library LR/F/5, LR/F/6, MS 1047) shelfmark: F. 2
Former Cambridge shelfmark: E. [epsilon]. 2 (see published catalogue by M. R. James and Concordance IV in N. R. Ker, 'Archbishop Sancroft's Rearrangement of the Manuscripts of Lambeth Palace', in E. G. W. Bill, 'A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library MSS. 1222-1860', Oxford, 1972).
Later shelfmark: quarto 169
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1314

Available from World Microfilms Publications:
"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section V. Theology. Reel 15 (with MS. 222)
RelatedMaterialMS 59 (see Description field). See also Publication Note.
PublnNoteSee Description field.

Attention was first drawn to this book as an authority for determining W. of Malmesbury's handwriting by Mr N. E. S. A. Hamilton (Gesta Pontif., Rolls Series, p. xii): Bishop Stubbs writes of it in Gesta Regum I. cxxxi.
The facsimiles of the Magdalen College, Oxford, MS 172, which is also autograph, prefixed to the Gesta Pontificum show plainly the hand of our MS.
Other autographs are said to be Cleop. C. x, a letter in MS. Reg. App. 85, and Tiberius, A. xii.
A facsimile of a page is in Pal. Soc., Ser. II, 192; also in Social England, ed. illustr. I, 505.

See also Lambeth Palace Library Z664.L2 2.05
Deme, Daniel "The christology of Anselm of Canterbury" 2003 [H5198.A6D3]
Gameson, Richard "The manuscripts of early Norman England (c. 1066-1130)" [Inventory of MSS]
"The letters of Saint Anselm of Canterbury; translated and annotated with an introduction by Walter Froehlich. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian studies, 96, 1990 (5), 352 (2)p.; maps. (Cistercian studies, 96) [H5198.A6]
Schmitt, F.S. "Zur Enstehung der handschriftlichen Briefsammlungen Anselms von Canterbury", Revue Bénédictine 48, Juillet-Décembre 1936, pp. 300-17.
Thomson, R.M. "William of Malmesbury" 2003 [KA3.W5T4]
Vaughn, Sally N. 'Archbishop Anselm 1093-1109: Bec missionary, Canterbury primate, patriarch of another world' (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012) [H5198.A6V2]
Willoughby, James (ed.), 'The libraries of collegiate churches' (London: British Library, 2013) [Z675.C5]

Folios 40r and 152r appear in 'Lambeth Palace Library: Treasures from the Collections of the Archbishops of Canterbury', ed. Richard Palmer and Michelle P. Brown (2010), entry 5

'William of Malmesbury', edited and translated by R.A.B. Mynors; completed by R.M. Thomson and M. Winterbottom; introduced by Peter Ackroyd, 'The deeds of the English kings: gesta regum anglorum' (London: Folio Society, 2014): some initials used in the design were redrawn from MS 224 [KA130.W5]

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GB/109/18858Philipps; Rowland (c.1467-1538); clergyman and college headc.1467-1538
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