RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoSion L40.2/L23
Extent155 ff.
DateEarly 14th century
DescriptionA miscellany of texts written in England in the early 14th century.

ff. 1r-27r. 'De fide orthodoxa', by St. John Damascene (c.675-749), or Johannes Damacenus, also known as St. John of Damascus, in the translation of Burgundio of Pisa (d. 1193), corrected and amplified by Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253), Bishop of Lincoln.
f. 1r. Table of the 101 chapters.
f. 1v. Begins: 'Deum nemo uidit ...'
f. 27r. Ends: '... letitiam fructificantes. Explicit liber logices. Heresim et Sentenciarum Iohannis Damasceni'.
Many side notes, most of them beginning 'Alius liber' or 'Aliud exemplar' or referring to the Greek original. Similar notes in other copies are referred to by S. H. Thomson, 'The Writings of Robert Grosseteste' (Cambridge, 1940), pp. 48-49, and in 'Robert Grosseteste' (ed. D. A. Callus), 1955, pp. 46-54.

ff. 27v-28v blank.

ff. 29r-136r. Short theological texts, most of them by or printed among the works of St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430).
A full description is printed in Heinrich Schenkl, 'Bibliotheca Patrum Latinorum Britannica', 3 vols. (1891-1908), no. 4482.
a, b, t, u, y, z are attributed to St. Augustine in the main hand of the text.
Nearly contemporary hands attribute d, e, g, j, m, n, o, w to St. Augustine, r to Gennadius of Massilia, also known as Gennadius Scholasticus (died c.496), and s to St. Ambrose (339-397), and call m, n, w respectively De simbolo, De laude caritatis, and De origine mundi.
c, f, h, i, k, l, p, q, v, x are anonymous and of these only c, v, x have titles.
a and b are marked in the margins with the Grossetestian signs discussed by S.H.Thomson, pp. 122-4, and by R. W. Hunt in 'Robert Grosseteste' (ed. D.A. Callus, 1955), pp. 123-6.
(a) ff. 29r-43r. Retractationes. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxii. 583-656.
(b) ff. 43r-52v. De vera religione. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxiv. 121-72.
(c) ff. 53r-59r. 'Tractatus de fide ad petrum', ending 'deus illi reuelauit'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xl. 753-78 (chs. 1-44).
(d) ff. 59r-62v. De natura boni. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xlii. 551-72.
(e) ff. 62v-63v. Epistola 127. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxiii. 483-7.
(f) f. 64r. 'Rogo uos fratres karissimi ut attencius cogitemus quare ...' J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxix. 2237-40 (Serm. App. 265).
(g) f. 64r-v. 'Propicio cristo fratres karissimi prope dies sunt ...'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxix. 2266-8 (Serm. App. 277); Opera Caesarii (ed. Morin), Serm. 33.
(h) f. 64v. 'O nomen crucis occultum misterium ... qui diligunt te'. Cf. British Library, MS. Royal 5 C. vi, f. 164.
(i) ff. 65r-67v. De cognitione verae vitae, ending 'manifeste racionis'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xl. 1005-18 (chs. 1-21).
(j) ff. 67v-71r. De vita Christiana, J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xl. 1031-46.
(k) ff. 71r-74v. De natura boni. A repetition of d.
(1) ff. 74v-75r. 'Nemo dicat fratres de temporibus nostris ...'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxix. 2301-3 (Serm. App. 293); Opera Caesarii (ed. Morin), Serm. 41.
(m) ff. 75r-76r. 'Sicut nonnullis scire permissum est ...'. Faustus Reiensis: ed. C. P. Caspari, Kirchenhistorische Anecdota, i (1883), 315-28.
(n) f. 76r-v. 'Diuinarum scripturarum multiplicem habundanciam ...'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxix. 1533-5 (Serm. 350).
(o) ff. 77r-94v. De 83 quaestionibus. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xl. 11-100.
(p) ff. 94v-100v. Boethius, Opuscula sacra. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina lxiv. 1247-1354.
(q) ff. 100v-101v. Dominicus Gundisalvi, De unitate. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina lxiii. 1075-8; ed. P. Correns in 'Beitr├Ąge zur Geschichte des Mittelalters', I. i (1891).
(r) ff. 101v-103v. Gennadius of Massilia, De ecclesiasticis dogmatibus. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina lviii. 979-1000.
(s) ff. 103v-108r. St. Ambrose, De bono mortis, J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xiv. 539-68.
(t) ff. 108v-110r. 'Augustinus contra pelagianos'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xlv. 1843-50.
(u) f. 110r-v. 'Sermo augustini de igne purgatorio'. xxxix. 1946-9. (Serm. App. 104); Opera Caesarii (ed. Morin), Serm. 179.
(v) ff. 111-116v. 'De predestinacione sanctorum' (added title), J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xlv. 959-92.
(w) ff. 116v-120r. 'Fratres utile est munimen erroris submit arcem ueritatis construi ... ad summum bonum perducat. Amen'. Called Augustine 'de origine mundi' in an added title.
(x) ff. 120r-126r. 'Omnium mirabilium uelud principale ... castigarentur. Explicit liber de mirabilibus sacre scripture', J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxv. 2149-74, abbreviated.
(y) ff. 126v-133v. 'De moribus ecclesiae', bk. i. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxii. 1309-44.
(z) ff. 133v-136r. 'De immortalitate animae'. J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina xxxii. 1021-34. The retractation precedes.
f. 136v. Blank.

ff. 137r-155v. Richard of St. Victor (d.1173), or Ricardus de Sancto Victore, 'De trinitate'.
'Prologus libri Ricardi de sancto uictore. Qustus [for Justus] meus ... sine generacione pro-' (ends imperfectly in bk. 6, ch. 17).
Printed in J.P. Migne, Patrologia Latina cxcvi. 887-993, the text in the present manuscript ending at col. 982 line 12.
ff. 147-55 have been damaged at the top by damp.
FindingAidsDescription based on N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries', vol. 1: London (Oxford, 1969) pp. 280-1.
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 355 x 253 mm., 1963.
The gilt centrepiece of an ostrich within a roundel taken from the previous armorial binding is pasted to the second unnumbered flyleaf.
Vellum leaves (and unnumbered paper flyleaves), 333 x 230 mm. Written space c. 250 x 165 mm. 2 cols. 61-64 lines.
Medieval column numeration to '194' (f. 49r).
Collation: 1-2(12); 3(4) (ff. 25-28); 4-11(12); 12(12) wants 9-12, blank, after f. 136; 13(12); 14(12) wants 8-12. Ad hoc pencil signatures. Hand changes at f. 137r.
Initials: (i) red and blue with ornament of both colours; (ii) 2-line, blue with red ornament; (iii) 1-line, blue or red.
Secundo folio 'et simplex'.
CustodialHistoryOwned by John Gunthorpe (d. 1498), Dean of Wells: 'Liber M' Iohannis Gunthorp' Decani Wellensis. anno x(i) 1484(to)', f. 1r, at foot.
Gilt centrepiece from an earlier binding (see Physical description) is a crest: On a chapeau turned up ermine an ostrich holding in its beak a horseshoe. This is the crest of Sir Edward Coke (1549-1633); the volume doubtless came to Sion College with the library of his son Sir Robert Coke (1587-1653), which was given by George Berkeley, 1st Earl of Berkeley (d.1698) in 1682, although part was not received until 1699.
Recorded at Sion College in 1697 in Edward Bernard, 'Catalogi Manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae' (Oxford, 1697), vol 2, no. 4077.
Shelfmark A11 at f. 1r. Recorded with this shelfmark in William Reading, 'Bibliothecae cleri Londinensis in Collegio Sionensi catalogus' (London, 1724).
Transferred from Sion College to Lambeth Palace Library, 1996.
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