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Notebooks of Robert Southwell S.J., written in Rome

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Notebooks of Robert Southwell S.J., written in Rome, c.1578-1580. Sent from Rome by Christopher Green S.J. to John Keynes S.J., Rector of the Jesuit College at Liege, elected to the Twelfth General Congregation of the English Province, 1682. Probably sent to Stonyhurst College at its foundation, 1794. Volume (Dep. g. 4/1) comprising three notebooks, late 17th century vellum binding, gilt stamped, 33 leaves:

  1. (fols.1-16) copy of the Summary of the Constitution of the Society of Jesus, in Italian
  2. (fols.17-24) extracts from the litanies of the Virgin Mary, with (fols.17-18v) spiritual notes and prayers, (fols.23v-24) ‘De obediential Veritatis aliquot ut in ea proficlatur, and (fol.24v) ‘Tria remedia and obed[ient]am ex l[ite]ris P[laris] Ig[natil]’, in Latin, paginated 49-64
  3. (fols.5-28) draft of a meditation or sermon ‘De condemnations Christi ad mortem et i1njustitia istius sententiae’

Lists of saints and of subjects for prayers, in Latin, inscribed on fol. i ‘Manu P. Rob. Southwell Martyris scripta’, 16 leaves.


  • Creation: c.1578-1580


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  • Latin

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Dep g. 4/1-2

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CMD ID 6887

Biographical / Historical

Robert Southwell (c.1561-1595) was a poet and Catholic Priest.

Notebooks of Robert Southwell S.J., written in Rome
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