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Detailed record for Royal 5 F VII

Part 1 ff. 2-12v 
Author Bernard of Clairvaux
Title Epistola and Apologia
Origin England
Date 2nd half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Initials in green or red, some with penwork decoration in the other colour. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (190 x 125/30) in two columns
 
Part 2 ff. 13-67 
Author Bernard of Clairvaux
Title Theological works (see Notes below for detailed contents)
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 1 zoomorphic initial outlined in brown on a red and green ground (f. 32). Puzzle initials in red and green or red and blue with penwork decoration in red, green and blue (e.g., ff. 19, 26, 40v). Initials in blue, red or green, some with penwork decoration or pen-flourishing in colours.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (185 x 125)
 
Part 3 ff. 68-84 
Author Bernard of Clairvaux
Title De XII gradibus humilitatis
Origin England
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration Initials in red or green, some with penwork decoration.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (190 x 120)
 
Part 4 ff. 85-118v 
Author Geoffrey; Pope Alexander III
Title St Godric's Hymns, Vita S Godrici; Letter to Godric
Origin England, N. (Durham?)
Date 1st quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin and English
Script Gothic, written above top line
Decoration Musical notation (f. 85). Initials in red or blue with penwork decoration or pen-flourishing ithe other colour. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (190 x 120) in two columns
 
Part 5 ff. 119-128v 
Title Legend of the Miraculous image of the Virgin at Sardenay
Origin England
Date 1st half of the 13th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written above the top line
Decoration No decoration
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (195 x 125)
 
Official foliation ff. i + 130 (+ 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end; ff. i and 1 are fragments of medieval parchment leaves mounted on modern paper leaves)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance John Lumley, 1st baron Lumley (b. c. 1533, d. 1609), collector and conspirator: inscribed with his name (f. 2); listed in the 1609 catalogue of his collection, no. 144 (see The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956)); passed to Henry, prince of Wales.
Henry Frederick, prince of Wales (b. 1594, d. 1612), eldest child of James I: his collection became part of the Royal Library: iin the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71 (f. 5) and in the 1698 catalogue of the library of St James's Palace (see Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae (Oxford: Sheldonian, '1697'), nos. 7868, 8067 and 8068).
Notes Includes works of Bernard of Clairvaux:
'Epistola ad Adam monachum'; imperfect (ff. 2-3v);
'Apologia Bernardi ad Willelmum' (ff. 3v-8v);
Epistolae: to Thomas [Prior of Beverley] (ff. 8v-10); to Peter, Cardinal-deacon (ff. 10-11); to G[aufridus], Abbot of St. Mary of York (ff. 11-11v) and (ff. 11v-12); to Turstan, Archbishop of York (f. 12);; to R[ichard], Abbot of Fountains(ff. 12-12v); to David, King of the Scots (f. 12v).
Part II: Bernard of Clairvaux, Exhortationes [De consideratione], in five books; preceded by a dedicatory letter to Pope Eugenius III (ff. 13-
48);
'Tractatus domni Bernarni (sic) de amore Dei' [ De contemplando Deo, attributed to S.Bernard, but actually by Gulielimus, Abbot of S. Theoderic near Reims]; beg. 'Venite ascendamus ad montem Domini'(ib.clxxxiv.367). (ff. 48-54);.
(f) De natura et dignitate amoris', by the same (ff. 54-67).
Part 3: Bernard of Clairvaux 'De [duodecim] gradibus humilitatis', (f. 69-83v).
On a blank leaf-at the end (f. 84) is added in a later hand a short treatise 'de septem gradibus humilitatis', mainly extracted from Eadmer, De similitudinibus Anselmi, ch. 100; beg. 'Non est in altum elevata superbia.
Part 4: The front flyleaf (f. 85) contains St Godric's hymns in early Middle English (northern dialect). The Latin translation is in a 14th-century hand.
Part 5: The text contains the date 1204, therefore it was composed after this.
The flyleaves are from a law treatise (f. 1) and a homily (ff. 129-130)
Select bibliography H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), II (1893), p. 82 [on the text].

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, pp. 121-22.

C. H. Talbot, ‘A List of Cistercian Manuscripts in Great Britain’, Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion, 8 (1952), 402-18 (p. 418).

The Lumley Library: The Catalogue of 1609, ed. by Sears Jayne and Francis R. Johnson (London: British Museum, 1956), p. 50.

Jane Roberts, Guide to Scripts used in English Writings up to 1500 (London: British Library, 2005), p. 133.

Helen Deeming, 'The Songs of St Godric: A Neglected Context' Music and Letters 86.2 (2005) 169-85 (pp. 171, 176-78, 182-84).


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Part  1   ff. 2-12v
Bernard of Clairvaux Epistola and Apologia
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Decorated initial

f. 26
Decorated initial
Music

f. 85
Music
Hymns with music

f. 85
Hymns with music
 

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