RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 868
Extent14 ff.
TitleFAMILY OF LOVE
Dateearly 17th century.
DescriptionTreatises related to the Family of Love, founded by Hendrik Niclaes (1502-?1580).

f. 1r. A contemporary inscription, 'Mr. Daniel James a groser in Sa[i]nt nicolas lane ouer against foxes court.' Daniel James was probably the author of this work, or possibly its owner. Fox-ordinary Court was off St. Nicholas Lane in the parish of St. Nicholas Acon, London.
ff. 2r-5v. Letter from the author: 'Loving friends all with your other neighbours. I wish you all health and happines. I am moved in my minde or spirite to write these lynes following unto you, intreating you to take them in good parte, for they are written unto you out of love unfained....'.
The author advises his readers to attend their parish churches and to use the Book of Common Prayer; at the same time he urges them to 'goe forth chearfully in the service of the love' (f. 4v), and expresses teachings familiar to the Family of Love, including the need for a second spiritual rebirth (ff. 2v-3r) , and the belief that the true meaning of the scriptures could only be revealed by the Holy Spirit (f. 2v).
ff. 6r-13r. 'Great is the mistiry of godlynes 1 timo. 3.16, phil.3.20. As gold lyeth in the bowels of the earth so the secrets of gods wisdome lyeth hid in the scriptures'. A treatise drawing upon the 14th century mystical text 'The Cloud of Unknowing'.
f. 13v. 'Sir Phillip Sidneys upon this subiect'. The sonnet 'Leave me o Love which reachest but to dust ...' by Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586), first published in 1598 in the third edition of 'The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia'.
f. 14r. A further poem: 'In love so cleare the life doth dwell...'. Recorded in S.W. May and W.A. Ringler "Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first line index of English verse, 1559-1603", 3vols (London, 2004), EV 12029.
f. 14v. blank.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2011.
PhysicalDescriptionBuckram binding 158 x 107 mm. 19th century.
Paper leaves. Leaves are ruled in red, seemingly for some purpose other than that for which the book was used. MS. 824, which may be in the same hand, is similarly ruled.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
RelatedMaterialFor Familist treatises see MSS. 811, 824, 844-846, 868, 869, 871, 937 items 18 and 23, 1068, 3191
PublnNoteAlastair Hamilton, 'The Family of Love' (Cambridge, 1981), including bibliography at p. 167. (copy at H 7575.H2).
Christopher W. Marsh, 'The Family of Love in English society 1550-1630' (Cambridge, 1994). (copy at H 7575.M2).

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DS/UK/5750Niclaes; Hendrik (1502-c.1580); founder of the Family of Love (Familists)1502-c.1580
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