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TitleTHEMATA EXCERPTA. PROSPER. AESOPUS. ELUCIDARIUS (LAT. ET GALL.) ETC. [Ambrosius Aurpertus]
Date11th century-14th century
DescriptionList of contents by Sancroft.

I. f. i a is blank: on i b various notes of cent. xiii: inter alia:
a) Iste liber est fratris Walteri de Haya prioris lantonie
prime.
b) Verses on the temperaments: Largus amans hilaris etc.

1. ff. 1-7 contain miscellaneous paragraphs on theological and
philosophical matters. Philosophus (Aristotle) Augustine
and Jerome are largely quoted.
At the top and bottom of most pages are moral verses in a large
hand xiii-xiv.
On i a are sentences from Plato, Hugo, Sydonius, Hippocrates.
On 6, 7 a Sermo de penis inferni. In ecc. 9: Non est opus nec
ratio etc. Non est ibi opus i. non facultas operandi. Ending
apparently imperfectly.

2. Augustinus de differentia spiritus et anime. 43 lines to page,
good xiii . . . . . f. 8
Quoniam dictum est mihi (xli. 779)
Ends in Cap. 33.

3. The same tract: 25 lines to a page: a larger hand; marginal
notes by the hand which writes verses in art. 1 . . . . . 16
On 17b a note of a miracle in Ireland: a spring dried up when
a bad woman bathed in it.
Also a series of verses (18-27b): Res homo proponit rerum
deus ordinat esse; ending with some directions for prayer:
Vbi exozzizando demonumque fugando
dic per uirtutem vel sic fini per eundem.
Quotations from Clemens papa (Recognitions) follow. They
continue on 34 etc.
Text of Aug. ends 30: aliud non sit quam ratio.
Another hand: Anima homo interior : one page . . . . . 30b

4. Excerpts from Miracula Andreae (Greg. Turon.) . . . . . 31
(a) 7 demons as dogs, (b) man cast up on shore, (c) murderer's
wife: dead child, (d) prepositus of a city claims land belong-
ing to S. Andrew's church.

5. 24 lines to page, close black hand
Liber de speculo spiritualis amicicie ailredi abbatis . . . . . 32
Primum quid sit amicitia arbitror disserendum
- et misericordem iudicem intercedat (see Patrologia Latina cxcv).

6. De speculo humilitatis . . . . . 47
Dominus noster I. C. dicit discipulis suis in ewangelio. Nolite
in sublime tolli
- humilitatem exhibuit beatus saluator I. C. qui cum p.
et sp. s. uiuit et regnat in sec. sec. Amen.

7. From 50b to 88 the contents are highly miscellaneous and in
many hands, including that of quire 1:
(a) Formulae for Salutations: Dulce mihi nimium et suaue est . . . . . 50b
(b) Grandis lesio graui indiget medicina . . . . . 52b
On Friendship etc. . . . . . 53
(c) De superbia et ambitione religiosorum. Ascendam super
altitudinem nubium . . . . . 53b
(d) Aug. Enchiridion, cap. 74 . . . . 54b
(e) Miracle of Andrew. Devil disguised as lady.
(f) Questio de elementis utrum sint transmutabilia vel sempi-
terna, with miscellaneous notes . . . . . 56
(g) A collection of moral sayings, Seneca, Aristotle, Boethius,
Tullius, Greg., Aug., Socrates, Stephanus archiep. etc. . . . . . 58
(h) A quire from a compilation in dictionary form . . . . . 66
It runs from Intelligencia est substantia incorporea to Recens.
There are blanks.
(i) Two quires of Themata and Sermons in various hands, with
paragraphs added on blank pages:
De prelatis. Cum videris abhominacionem etc. . . . . . 74
Story of St John and the robber . . . . . 74b
Arabic numerals . . . . . 75
Themata on the Seven Sins . . . . 75b
Excerpts on Luxuria, Bernard etc. . . . . . 78b
Origo fontium et fluminum . . . . . 80b
Scribitur in Esdra propheta, dixit dominus michi aperi os tuum
etc. (2 (4) Esdr. xiv. 38) . . . . . 81
Other misc. notes headed: de luxuria
Petrus Comestor. quis est qui dimittit peccata . . . . . 81b
Extracts, Bernard, etc. . . . . . 82b
Die cinerum. Conuertimini . . . . . 83
Antethemata . . . . . 83b
Prognostics of the Sun in the Twelve Signs . . . . . 87b
f. 88, torn, has notes and verses, e.g. Sit totum membrana
solum
88b blank.

II. In a very pretty Italian hand, xiv, 27 lines to a page, pale ink:
initials in colour: the first is large and has some gold.
The first leaf (89) is a waste leaf containing the beginning of
the text.
On the blank verso is (xv-xvi): Sum liber Joh(is) Stywarde
militis ex dono dompni ducis Bedforde. Quires 12-17 are
foliated xxxii-lxxviii.

8. Prosperi epigrammata ex Augustino . . . . . 90
Iste prosper equitanicus - uidetur habere
Hec augustini ex sacris epigramata dictis, with the headings in
prose.
Ends 115: spiritus unus alat.
On 115b the beginning of the Prayer de septem verbis
(xv, English hand).

9. Aesopic Fables in elegiac verse (Anonymus Neveleti).
(Prol.) Ut iuuet et prosit conatur pagina presens . . . . . 116
l. 12. Et nucleum celat arida (above: seca) testa bonum.
De gallo et iaspide, Dum rigido fodit ore fimum dum queritat
escam
The next few rubrics after the first are:
De lupo et agno. De mure et rana. De cane et oue. De cane
qui portabat ca(r)nes super pontem. De leone capra inuenta
et oue.
The last are (f. 133): De simia et uulpe. De rustico qui uer-
berabat suum asellum. de ceruo qui fugit in stabulo domin.
arregi (corr. to: argi). De iudeo potente. de iuuene et sene.
De cena portante ciuem. De capone et ancipitre. De pastore
et lupo. Ending: Blanditie plusquam dira uenena nocent.
followed by:
Ysopus est herba sed ysopus dat bona uerba
Sit tibi christe laus quoniam explicit iste ditatus
Finito libro frangamus ossa magistro
Nomen meum non pono quia me laudare nolo
Qui scripssit scribat semper cum domino uiuat
Viuat in celis semper cum domino felix
.p. I ' si Expl. lib. exopi deo gr. Amen.
The Anonymus Neveleti with 62 fables as described in Cat. of
Rom. II. 309-321.

10. Change of hand: (Prudentii Dittochaeon) . . . . . 137
Eua columba fuit - signacula pandere solus.
Expl. liber eue columbe deo gr.
Hung upon this colophon is the shield of the arms of Stewarde,
neatly blazoned, and below: Singula cum valeant sunt
meliora simul.

11. Ep. S. Bernardi super re familiari gubernanda ad Raymundum
militem graciosum et felicem . . . . . 142
In a small hand, xv, English:
Gracioso et felici militi Raymundo d(no) Castri Ambrosii
- dampnabilis senectus. amen. A monogram follows.
143b blank.
On 144a, a few notes: viij die mensis aug. habui a d(no) nostro
tres florenos de istis ego spendidi sexaginta solidos pro parte
mea pro spensis meis and a Latin distich, and: precii ll. 111.
On the verso scribbles from a Psalm.

III. A large fine upright hand: 21 lines to a page. Cent. xi.
12. In capitals: Inc. libellus de conflictu vitiorum et virtutum
sancti Leonis pape (the name written over erasure) . . . . . 146
Apostolica uox clamat (xl. 1091)
(On 146b a note (xiii) on the the 12 abusiva seculi and a
distich)
- odorando cognoscit. Expl. libellus sci' Leonis pape (over
erasure) de confl. uit. et uirt.
On 160b (blank) is: liber domus lanton. iuxta gloucestr. (xv).

IV. A beautiful regular upright hand, 40 lines to a page. Cent. xii late.
13. Inc. proem. in proslogion librum anselmi . . . . . 161
Postquam opusculum
Capitula. Text. Eia nunc homuncio - in gaudium domini mei
qui est trinus et unus deus bened. in sec. sec. Amen. Expl.
Prosl. lib. anselmi.

14. Bernardus ad W. presb. . . . . . 166
Uen. presb. W. fr. B. fratrum qui in clara ualle sunt inutilis
- precor et supplico.

15. Inc. ep. Bernardi abb. de clara ualle in libro de dispensatione
et precepto . . . . . 171b
(Prol.) D(no)abb. columbensi - conueniencius uideatur.
Inc. lib. eiusd. de disp. et prec. Qua mente iam tacebo -satis-
facere uoluntati . . . . . 172
Expl. lib. de disp. et prec.

16. Gregorius in septima omelia extreme partis Ezechielis . . . . . 182
Septem graduum erat ascensus - humilibus prestat.
Note on the Holy Family. Emeria et anna fuere sorores
- iohannem et iacobum.

V. A very good hand, black and upright, somewhat improving
as it proceeds, 32 lines to a page. Cent. xii late.
17. Inc. pref. in libro Anselmi archiep. qui uocatur elucidarius . . . . . 183
Rogatus a condiscipulis - sollers subtilitas. Inc. elucidarius
Gloriose magister ut ad inquisita (clxxii. 1109)
- bona ierusalem omnibus (diebus) uite tue. amen.

18. The same in French . . . . . 210b
Suuent sui preiez de mes disciples que ieo lur esclairasce unes
questiuns. et pas ne poi muer que nel fesisse.
Ends: que tu ueies le rei de glorie en sa bealted et les biens de
ierusalem tuz les iurz de ta vie. amen.

19. In two columns: perhaps in the same hand: in double columns.
The psalm Miserere mei deus paraphrased in French verse . . . . . 238b
Prologue:
(T)uz deuum de nre' afaire
Nus qui uers deu sumes pechaire
E de pechiez p[er]nums confort
Que ne nus hui suzprenget mort.
(David's sin and penitence)
(l. 21) Dauid preiad ad lestrument
Que saltier claiment meint g[e]nt
Treis angles ad si est chaned
E de dis cordes encorded etc.
(. 37) El premier uers uuelt demustrer
Deus sulement puet parduner
Disant. Miserere mei deus secundum misericordiam
(O)r entendez que dist dauid
veros deus aies de mei merci
Ends in the section:
Domine labia mea aperies et os meum
Mes leures sire aoure e tuche
Tun loonge dirrat ma buche
. . . . . . .
Encuntre ceo buche ki ment
Ocit sanme neraiement.

The rest is blank.
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)
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 8 3/5 x 6 1/2 (see Description field), many volumes.
Calf binding, pr. 1s. 8d.
Collation:
I: 1(8)-4(8) | 5(10) 6(14) 7(4) 8(6) 9(8) 10(8) (wants 1) 11(8) ff. 89.
II: 12(10) 13(10) 14(8) (wants 8) 15(10) 16(10) 17(8) ff. 55.
III: 18(12) 19(4) ff. 16.
IV: 20(8)-22(8) (wants 7, 8) ff. 22.
V: 23(2) 24(8) 25(8) (2 canc.) 26(10) 27(8)-30(8) 31(2) (2 a fragment) ff. 61.
CustodialHistoryVol. I from Lanthony. Vol. II from Ely? Vol. III from Lanthony.
Annotated by Morgan of Carmarthen. See: K. Bennett, 'The Book Collections of Llanthony Priory from Foundation until Dissolution (c. 1100-1538)' 2 vols. (University of Kent Doctoral Dissertation, 2006), appendix 4.
See also Description field.

Sheldon catalogue (Lambeth Palace Library LR/F/5, LR/F/6, MS 1047) shelfmarks:
ff. i, 1-88: K. 16
ff. 89-144: K. 15
ff. 145-60: F. 14
ff. 161-82: O. 7
ff. 183-242: K. 11
Former Cambridge shelfmarks (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):
ff. i, 1-7, 16-88: part of L. [theta]. 1
ff. 8-15: part of E. [theta]. 3
ff. 89-144: G. [theta]. 2
ff. 145-60: part of I. [theta]. 17
ff. 161-82: part of L. [eta]. 20
ff. 183-242: E. [theta]. 19
Later shelfmarks:
ff. i, 1-7, 16-88: part of quarto 75
ff. 8-15: part of quarto 147
ff. 89-144: quarto 115
ff. 145-60: part of quarto 99
ff. 161-82: part of quarto 70
ff. 183-242: quarto 163
CopiesMicrofilm: Lambeth Palace Library MS Film 1226

Available from World Microfilms Publications:
"Lambeth Palace Library: The Mediaeval Manuscripts" Section I. Old English, French, etc. Reel 9 (with MS. 427 & 432)
PublnNoteSee Description field.

Bains, Doris, A supplement to Notae Latinae (abbreviations in Latin MSS of 850 to 1050). (Cambridge, 2013) (Originally published 1936) [Lambeth Palace Library Z111.L5]

K. Bennett, 'The Book Collections of Llanthony Priory from Foundation until Dissolution (c. 1100-1538)', Thesis submitted for the degree of Ph.D. in the School of History at the University of Kent (2007) [H5183.1L52]

Gameson, R. 'The manuscripts of early Norman England' (c. 1066-1130) [Inventory of MSS]

"Eine altfranzoesische Uebersetzung des Elucidarium: Edition des Elucidaire der Handschrift Lambeth Palace 431; herausgegeben von Henning Duewell." Muenchen: Wilhelm Fink Verlga, 1974. cxxviii, 145p. (Beitraege zur romaischen Philologie des Mittelalters, Band VII). [H1750. D8]

Barry Taylor, "Spanish glosses to Aesop and Prosper of Aquitaine in a medieval schoolbook (Lambeth Palace Library, MS 431)" in 'Text, manuscript, and print in medieval and modern Iberia: Studies in honour of David Hook', ed. Barry Taylor, Geoffrey West, and Jane Whetnall (New York, 2013), pp. 117-140

M. Johnston and M. Van Dussen, The medieval manuscript book (CUP, 2015)

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