RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 59
Extentff. 2 + 278 (2 vols. now bound as one)
TitleANSELMI EPISTOLAE ETC.
Date12th century, 15th century
DescriptionList of contents by Sancroft.
ff. i, ii are blank except for the marks and list of contents.

I.
1. Epistolae Anselmi; a collection in two books. The order of
the letters, as compared with that in Migne, Patrologia Latina clviii,
clix (from Gerberon) is as follows:
Lib. I. of the MS.:
Migne, Lib. I. 1, 3, 2, 10; IV. 120, 121; I. 9, 11-15 [Baluze
Misc. iv, p. 477 (Avergotus)], 16-18; IV. 122, 123; I.
19-35, 52, 36-43, 49, 59, 44, 51, 45, 57, 58, 50, 60-62,
53, 46-48, 63-77; II. 1-32 [Baluze, p. 478 Johannes],
35-51; IV. 124, 125; III. 2.
In the MS follow, in another hand, two letters:
Robertus dux Normann. Legationem . . . . . f. 63
Will. archiep. Rotom. De iis que.
f. 63b is blank. At bottom in red: Expl. lib. primus Inc. ii(us).
Lib. II of the MS., composed of Libb. III, IV of the
editions . . . . . 64
Lib. III. 7-9, 11-13, 28-36; IV. 115, 109; III. 38; IV. 116;
III. 39, 166, 40, 42, 43; IV. 2; III. 44-46, 19; IV. 3; III.
48, 47; IV. 5; III. 47, 48 repeated; IV. 7, 110; III. 49;
IV. 111; III. 50; IV. 8, 9; III. 51; IV. 10; III. 52, 53;
IV. 11; III. 54-57; IV. 112, 12; III. 58; IV. 13; III. 59,
60; IV. 14; III. 61; IV. 15, 113, 16; III. 62, 63; IV. 17;
III. 165, 64; IV. 18; III. 65; IV. 19; III. 66; IV. 126,
20, 21; III. 67; IV. 22, 23; III. 68, 69; IV. 24-26; III.
70; IV. 27; III. 71, 72; IV. 28; III. 73-76; IV. 29, 30;
III. 77; IV. 31, 32; III. 78-85; IV. 33; III. 86, 87; IV.
39; III. 88; IV. 52; III. 89-92; IV. 35; III. 93-99; IV.
36-39; III. 100; IV. 114, 40; III. 169; IV. 42, 43 ; III.
101-103; IV. 44-51; III. 104-106; IV. 54; III. 107; IV.
55, 56; III. 171, 108; IV. 57-62; III. 109, 176, 110, 111,
175; IV. 63-65; III. 112, 113; IV. 66, 67; III. 114, 115;
IV. 68; III. 116; IV. 69, 70; III. 117; IV. 71, 72; III.
118-122; IV. 73; III. 123, 124; IV. 74; III. 178, 177;
IV. 75-77; III. 125-129; IV. 78, 79; III. 130, 131; IV.
81; III. 179; IV. 82; III. 132-137; IV. 89; III. 138, 139,
181, 140, 180; IV. 83, 84; III. 141; IV. 85; III. 142;
IV. 86; III. 143, 144; IV. 87; III. 145-149, 184; IV. 88;
III. 182, 150; IV. 90-92; III. 151, 187, 152, 153; IV.
93-99; III. 154; IV. 100, 101; III. 155, 37. This last
Epistle is added on 160b, and runs over into the margin
of 161.
The text of III. 47 (no. 170 in the MS), said to be 'vitiated'
in the printed editions, and differing widely from their
text, is given from this MS by Wharton, A.S. II. 178.

Nearly all of arts. 2-9 occurs in MS Corpus Christi Coll. Cam-
bridge 135 (of cent. xii, from Bury St Edmunds), though the order
of the pieces differs. I have marked with an asterisk the items common
to the two MSS:

2. On the fourfold division of the will . . . . . f. 161
* Est considerandum quia uolumus aliquando ita ut si possumus
faciamus ut sit quod uolumus uelut cum eger uult salutem
- quod non uult eam uiolari. quod est quarto modo.

3. (Anselmi admonitio morienti clviii. 685) . . . . . 161b
* Letaris quod in fide Christiana moreris
- commendo spiritum meum.

4. (Anselmus de beatitudine coelestis patriae clix. 587-602).
* Multi homines quibus non numquam boni mores et iusta opera
- in confusionem eternam a diabolo precipitati depereunt.

5. (Extracts from a dialogue between Magister and Discipulus) . . . . . 169b
* Quattuor modis dicimus aliquid. Dicimus enim aliquid pro-
prie quod suo nomine profertur et mente concipitur. et est
in re uti est lapis uel lignum.
* 171b. Discipulus. Plura sunt de quibus tuam diu desidero
responsionem. Ex quibus sunt potestas et impotentia. pos-
sibilitas et impossibilitas. necessitas atque libertas
- 174b. Uitaquoque iustorum in laboribus multis prop-
ter desiderium uite eterne uiuentium dicitur beata
non quod hoc sit sed quia causa est ut illi sint ali-
quando beati.
* Hec ad predicta pertinent. Disc. Video plane. Mag. Hec
quidem exempla de causis efficientibus assumpsi quoniam
in his clarius apparet quod uolo ostendere
- Sextus modus est cum facit aliquid non esse: quoniam
non facit aliud non esse ut quando occidentem non
facit non esse armatum auferendo arma cum potest.

6. Versus ad laudem Domini Anselmi archiepiscopi . . . . . 175
* Haud habiture parem sumas pater alme salutem | quam mea
disparibus musa uehit pedibus
- nec ruitura .... Vale. clviii. 135.

7. Item versus de eodem . . . . . 176
* Presulis Anselmi quem nuper obisse dolemus
- gloria magna deo. clviii. 137.
* Omnia maiorem retinent sua dicta saporem | quam que dixe-
runt qui postue priusue fuerunt.

8. Extracts (one column) . . . . . 178
* Quamuis post apostolos sancti patres et doctores nostri
multi tot et tanta dei (de?) fidei nostre ratione dicant
- quatenus quid secure tenere debeam alieno discam iu-
dicio.

9. Further letters etc. . . . . . 178
Ep. IV. 80.
* Council of London 1102. Anno domin. incarn. mill. centes.
secundo (Wilkins, Conc. I. 382) - prefata renouetur An-
selmus arch. Cant. et thomas electus arch. ebor ... statuerunt
in presentia gloriosi regis Henrici ... ut presbiteri ... caste
uiuerent . . . . . 179
- et concubine cum rebus suis uelut adultere.
Ep. IV. 41, III. 41.
* Girardus Ebor. Ceruus sitiens . . . . . 181
Willelmus Winton. ep. Rex hibernie cum episcopis . . . . . 181b
Mauricius Lundon. ep. Paternitati nostre notifico . . . . . 182
Girardus Ebor. Nouerit caritas uestra quod iste clericus
Malchus uuat[er]ferden. ep. Karissime pater partim fuimus
tristes partim leti.
182b-186 blank.

10. Another hand, probably one of those at the beginning of the
volume. It seems to be a quire from another volume: but
is puzzling, for the first 4 leaves are blank. The text
begins abruptly on f. 187 with the end of a short letter
(IV. 100) of which the beginning is supplied by an early
hand, not calligraphic. This is followed by Ep. III. 155.
Then a second copy of the tract or extract no. 2. Est
considerandum - quod est in quarto modo . . . . . 187
A space. Then a paragraph: Uelle eisdem sed modis
dicimus quibus facere esse . . . . . 188
Admonitio morientis. Letaris etc. (above no. 3) . . . . . 188
Ep. IV. 99.
Extract resembling but not identical with the Liber de
Voluntate (clviii. 487) . . . . . 188b
(V)oluntas equiuoce dicitur tripliciter. Aliud est enim instru-
mentum uolendi. aliud affectio instrumenti. aliud usus
eiusdem instrumenti - Permittens est quando permittimus
aliquid fieri qua[m] tamen nobis displicet.
Anselmus epitaphium hugonis hoc fecit . . . . . 189
* Hic cognoscetis qui talia picta uidetis [In Corpus Christi Coll.
Cambridge MS 135 these lines are joined with those beginning
omnia maiorem (above no. 7): I print the whole in my Catalogue i. 309.]
Qua uir hugo spe(cie?) uel sit opertus humo 8 lines. - Cui
sol iusticie fulgeat in requie.
Idem ad interrogationem cuiusdam . . . . . f. 189b
( )m' (Cum?) corpus quod sacratur in altari est corpus christi
et corpus chr. propter unitatem est deus ergo et corpus
quod sacratur in altari propter eandem unitatem persone
adorari potest ut deus.
Distich. (C)um te plasmaui non hac in sede locaui.
Ad mea regna redi quia te moriendo redemi.
Anselmus ... omnibus fidelibus. Notum uobis sit quod nuper
mortuo rodberto de monteforti in uia ierusalem he terre
Saltuude et hetha (Saltwood and Hythe) uenerunt mihi in
dominium etc.
Anselmus. In spe auxilii dei dicam quid sentiam - sed
tantum uideri uolendi simpliciter exhibeo (9 ll.).
A second copy of the poem Haud habiture parem to 1. 35.
- pater optime toti.
Followed by the line in another (not calligraphic) hand:
Que restant modici sunt scripta manu thiderici: probably
meaning that the former complete copy is in the hand of
Thidericus (see Anc. Lib. p. xxx), the scribe of B. 3. 32 at
Trinity College, Cambridge.
190b is blank.

II. This volume is the first part of MS. 50.
11. (Anselmus (Eadmer) de similitudinibus) (clix. 605) . . . . . 191
Ad edificationem morum dicta S. Anselmi. De voluntate.
Voluntas tripliciter intelligitur
- noceant in quantum volunt . . . . . 224b
Rubrice libri b. Ans. de simil. cum capitulis correspon-
dentibus. Tabula. Abbas - Willelmus . . . . . 226
Expl. Tab. Anselmi de simil. Completa per Joh. Marchall
A. domin. incarn. 1468. die S. ffelicis martiris.

12. Anselmi Monologion (clviii. 141) . . . . . 231
Reuerendo amando et amico - volentibus prebeatur. Quidam
fratres sepe me - trinus et unus.

13. Inc. prol. in prosologion anselmi (clviii. 227) . . . . . 251
Postquam opusculum.
Inc. prosol. ans. Eya nunc homuncio . . . . . 252
- trinus et unus deus bened. in sec. sec. Amen.
Ergo domine qui das fidei intellectum
- non possum non intelligere. . . . . . 257b (67b)

14. Gaunilo Pro Insipiente. (No title; numbered cap. 30 of
Proslogion.)
Dubitanti utrum sit (clviii. 42) . . . . . 258 (68)
Anselmus contra insipientem . . . . . 259 (69)
Quoniam non me reprehendit - reprehendisti.

15. Inc. pref. Ans. Cant. Arch. in subditum opus (de veritate) . . . . . 262 (72)
Tres tractatus pertinentes (clviii. 467).
Quoniam deum veritatem - rectitudo.

16. Capitula in libris Ans. de libertate arbitrii . . . . . 269 (79)
Quoniam liberum arbitrium (clviii. 489)
- de illis interrogare 274 (84)b.
There follow 5 lines of Aug. de vera innocentia (or Prosper) . . . . . 274 (84)b
Innoc: vera est que nec sibi
Four blank leaves follow.

In Todd's Catalogue it is said that Ep. 170 (III. 47) is 'foede castrata'
in the editions. The text in the MS. is as follows:
Domino reuerendo ... Pascali - assiduitatem. Postquam reuocatus ad episcopatum redii
in angliam: ostendi decreta apostolica que in romano concilio presens audiui [Only the pre-
ceding words appear in the printed form of the letter]. ne scilicet aliquis de manu regis
aut alicuius laici ecclesiarum inuestituras acciperet aut pro hoc eius homo fieret. nec
aliquis hec transgredientem consecrare presumeret. quod audientes rex et principes eius.
ipsi etiam episcopi et alii minoris ordinis; tam grauiter acceperunt. ut assererent se
nullomodo huic rei assensum prebituros. et me de regno potius quam hoc seruarent
expulsuros. et a romana ecclesia sedis cessuros (se discessuros) [marg. xvi early:
minatur Rex et Regnum se a romana sede cessuros]. Vnde reuerende pater uestrum
petii per epistolam nostran (?) consilium. quam misi celsitudini uestre per uuillelmum
regis legatum. Sed quoniam responsi uestri litteras non accepi; adhuc per legates nostros
quos mitto cum karissimis fratribus et coepiscopis nostris qui pro eadem re uestram
sanctitatem adeunt. iam petitum iterum supplex per cartam sublimitatis uestre certum
peto consilium. Oramus d. n. I. C. ut uos conseruet ad laudem et gloriam nominis sui et
ulilitatem ecclesie sue.
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 P.R. Robinson, 'Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 888-1600 in London Libraries' (2003).
See also Teresa Lane, ‘Canterbury manuscripts in Lambeth Palace Library’, available at: http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/files/canterbury_mss.pdf
PhysicalDescriptionVellum, 13 3/4 x 10, two volumes (now bound as one):
I, double columns of 31 lines. Cent. xii, in the hand characteristic of Christ Church, Canterbury; very finely written.
II, double columns of 40 lines. Cent. xv, in an excellent hand; dated 1468. 2nd folio opens with the words: locum reuertitur.
Calf binding, pr. 4s.
Collation: 2 flyleaves 1(8)-7(8) (6 canc.) 8(8)-23(8) (8 canc.) 24(8) | 25(8)-35(8).
CustodialHistoryI. From Christ Church, Canterbury: on f. 1 at top is the old mark [see published catalogue for a reproduction]. On 1a is Epistole Anselmi MAIOR(ES); with the pressmark added: D. ii(a) G. x(us). On ii b, with a thick line drawn through it, is (xv): liber ecclesie christi cantuar. de prima demonstratione (?).
It is no. 71 in Eastry's catalogue and no. 145 in Ingram's list (Anc. Lib. pp. 24, 157).
At bottom of f. 1 is: Lumley. By exception this book is entered (as Anselmi epp. maiores) in the Lumley catalogue (MS. Trin. Coll. Camb. O. 4. 38).

II. Separately foliated 1-88, has in the first initial a shield inscribed in red t ihc' b. (as Eton Coll. MS. 8).
This portion is the first part of the volume now numbered 50 in this collection.

[Annotation in the Librarian's copy of M.R. James: 'see Selwyn p. 162 on Cranmer provenance'].

Sheldon catalogue (Lambeth Palace Library LR/F/5, LR/F/6, MS 1047) shelfmarks: I: M. 8, II: L. 1
Former Cambridge shelfmarks: I: E. [beta]. 2, II: part of E. [alpha]. 3 (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 shelfmarks: I: fol. 207, II: fol. 204
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