Anselm of Canterbury's theological treatises

Description

This composite volume, consisting of two originally separate booklets, contains seven of Anselm’s thirteen scholarly treatises with five of his many surviving letters. Anselm (b. c. 1033, d. 1109) was a monk of the Norman abbey of Bec and celebrated author of learned treatises and meditative prayers, becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093.  

The second booklet consists of Anselm’s best-known work, the Proslogion (Discourse). The work is copied in a script with Norman features datable to the beginning of the 12th century and has decorated initials in the characteristic Norman style. 

Anselm’s correspondence with fellow ecclesiastics on both sides of the Channel contains frequent reference to the circulation of books between England and Normandy in the period following the Norman Conquest.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Anselm of Canterbury's theological treatises
Created:
4th quarter of the 12th century, Northwestern France
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Anselm of Canterbury
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Harley MS 203

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