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'The contemplacion of the blessud lif of our lorde Ihesu', or Speculum Vitae Christi, a translation and adaptation of Bonaventura's treatise, written in the 15th century in England

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MS. Bodl. 634
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'The contemplacion of the blessud lif of our lorde Ihesu', or Speculum Vitae Christi, a translation and adaptation of Bonaventura's treatise, made, as MS. Brasenose College 9 attests, by Nicholas Love prior of the Carthusian monastery of Mount Grace of Ingleby, Yorkshire (appointed prior in 1410).

The present MS. wants the first five and part of the sixth chapter (out of sixty-three), beginning at 'that cleped the euer-lastyng temple of pees'; the above title is from the long colophon, which explains the relation of the work to Bonaventura's, and that it is written 'to confusion of all false Lollardes and heretikes.'

At fol. 76 follow a 'short tretes of the ... sacrament of Cristes blessed Body and of the merueilles ther of': beg. 'Memoriam fecit mirabilium suorum ... Cap. lxiiij. Thes wordes of Dauid in the Sawter', but fol. 77 (the last) is much injured, and ends with 'makethe and worchethe therynne specially', some leaves being lost. This 'short tretes' is in some sense a part of the preceding work.

Dates

  • written in the 15th century in England

Extent

79 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Shelfmark

MS. Bodl. 634

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 27689.

Custodial History

'William Ing', 'Mary Ing', 'Elezebeth Clark' (late 17th century?) are written on fols. 28v, 45v.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capitals, etc., imperfect

Dimensions

7 1/2 × 5 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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