Selections from works by or attributed to St Bernard, written in the Low Countries. Edit




  • 15th century. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    iv + 97 folios.



  • Physical Description

    0.00 linear metresiv + 97 folios.115.00 x 155.00 millimetres

  • Dimensions

    115.00 x 155.00 millimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

    (i) Extracts from the `Vita beatissimi Malachie`, caps. 1-25. See ‘Patrologia Latina’ 182, 1073-1104 (folio 1 verso).

    (ii) Notes on vipers with reference to Aristotle (folio 8 verso).

    (iii) `De conversione ad clericos`, cap. 3. ‘Patrologia Latina’ 182, 856-857 (folio 9).

    (iv) `Bernardus de servitute vitiorum et incertitudine mortis` (folio 10).

    (v) Anonymous commentaries on the Song of Solomon 3, verse 11 and Psalm

    50(51), verse 9 (folio 11).

    (vi) A verse eulogy of St Malachy, beginning `Quid fabrice miraris opus lapidemque pollitum?` (folio 13 verso). See `Sur les poèmes latins attribués à Saint Bernard` in ‘Journal des Savants’, page 294.

    (vii) Prayers and liturgical material for the feast of St Bernard (folio 15).

    (viii) Prayer attributed to St Bernard, beginning `Transfige dulcissime Jesu medullas cordis.` A manuscript at Durham attributes this to an anonymous friar (see ‘Initia operum latinorum’) (folio 18).

    (ix) Extracts from Guibertus Martinus, John Gerson and others concerning St Bernard (folio 19 verso)

    (x) `Sermones in Cantica Canticorum` III (folio 21 verso). ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 794-796.

    This is followed by comments from Gerson and from St Bernard`s letters.

    (xi) Readings from `De gradibus humilitatis` (folio 24). ‘Patrologia Latina’ 182, 941-958.

    Followed by relevant extracts from Geoffrey of Auxerre, `Vita sancti Bernardi`, cap. 8 (‘Patrologia Latina’ 185, 320-322), and `De Colloquio Simonis cum Jesu`, caps. 37-38 (‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 461-462).

    (xii) Extracts from ‘De diligendo Deo`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 182, 973-1000, and `Sermones in Cantica Canticorum` I-XXX, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 785-934 (folio 25 verso).

    (xiii) Extracts from sermons attributed to St Bernard (folio 30 verso).

    (xiv) Extracts from sermons (folio 35 verso): `In obitu domini Humberti`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 513-518; `De tribus ordinibus ecclesiae`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 634-637; `In parabolam de villico` attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 1021-1032; ‘In dedicatione ecclesiae` VI, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 535-536; `De quadruplici superbia`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 670-671; `De membris ecclesie`; `Super verba Salomonis`; `In Cantica Canticorum`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 785-1198.

    (xv) Notes on Popes and rulers (folio 42).

    (xvi) Extract from `Sancti Bernardi vita`, cap. xii, by Guillaume de Saint Thierry, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 185, 258-260 (folio 42 verso). Followed by part of a letter of Renerus the anchorite to Marcus Casemarii.

    (xvii) Extracts from `De interiori domo` and `De conscientia`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 507-560 (folio 43 verso).

    (xviii) Extracts from the sermons `De laudibus virginis matris`, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 55-86 (folio 45 verso). Followed by relevant comments from `Sancti Bernardi vita`, cap. ii, by Guillaume de Saint Thierry, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 185, 229, and Bernard`s letter to Petrus Diaconus, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 182, 122.

    (xix) Extracts from `De colloquio Simonis cum Jesu` by Geoffrey of Auxerre, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 437-476 (folio 47).

    (xx) Extracts from `Vitis mystica`, cap. xxvii, attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 687-690, ending with a prayer, `O dulcissime et amantissime Ihesu agne immaculate` (folio 51 verso).

    (xxi) Extracts from `Liber de charitate` attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 583-636 (folio 53 verso).

    (xxii) A series of extracts (folio 55 verso) from `Sermones de Tempore` by St Bernard, from Advent to Psalm Sunday but including the Conversion of St Paul, the Purification and the Annunciation. For the full texts, see ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183. Extracts from the following are also included: `Sermo de nativitate Domini’, I, by Guerric, abbot of Igny, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 185, 29-32, and `Sermo de purificatione B.V.M.’ V, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 185, 79-89 (folios 59 verso, 67); `Sermo in canticum B.V.M.` attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 1121-1128 (folio 62 verso). On folios 60 verso and 65 verso are notes in another hand on the Magnificat and on a sermon of Pope Leo.

    (xxiii) `De passione Dei nostri Ihesu Christi` (folio 76). Extracts from `Sermo in feria IV hebdomadae sancta` by St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 263-270; `In persona Christi contra ingratos`; `In libro de vite vera’. Followed by a prayer, `O dulcissime atque amantissime Jhesu pater luminum`.

    (xxiv) Extract from `Instructio sacerdotis`, cap. vi, attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 776-780 (folio 77). Followed by a brief extract from `Epistola ad novitios` by John Gerson.

    (xxv) Brief extracts of sermons from Easter to Pentecost, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 273-334 (folio 81 verso). Followed by part of a sermon by St Peter Damian on the Assumption, here attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 144, 717.

    (xxvi) Long extracts from `Sermo in nativitate Domini’, III, by Nicholas of Clairvaux, here attributed to St Bernard, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 184, 839-846 (folio 84).

    (xxvii) Anecdote concerning St Bernard (folios 86 recto and 87 recto).

    (xxviii) `De gula et luxuria` (folio 86 verso). Extracts from `Sermo de conversione ad clericos`, cap. viii, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 182, 841-844, and other works.

    (xxix) Extracts from sermons (folio 87). These include `In vigilia nativitatis Domini` III, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 94-100; `De adventu Domini`; `De purificatione virginis`; `In festo omnium sanctorum` I, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 453-462; `In capite jejunii` II, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 171-174: `In Quadragesimo` V, ‘Patrologia Latina’ 183, 178-181.

    There are a contents list (folio 1) and eleven lists of the works from which the extracts were taken (folios 21, 30, 37, 46 verso, 55, 61, 66, 69, 74 verso, 81 verso, 82 verso); some of these have references to the original foliation. There are two sets of contemporary foliation: folios 1-28 are numbered cccxxix-ccclv in the top left corner, with further similar numbering on folios 47-48 and 55-58; folios 21-89 are numbered i-lxviii in the top right corner.

    The manuscript appears to have been the second of two volumes; a title on folio 1 reads `Secundum opusculum de sermonibus et libris sancti bernardi`.

    Written in littera textualis with some of the briefer entries in a more cursive hand. There are two additional notes on folios 96 verso and 97 verso. Folios 12 verso-13 recto, 51 recto, 53 recto, 79 verso-81 recto, 92-96 recto and 97 recto are blank.

    Large initials in gold with red, blue and black penwork on folios 1 verso and 55 verso; in red, blue and buff on folios 21 verso, 47 and 69 verso. Elsewhere, initials and rubrics in red, sometimes coloured over in silver.

  • Arrangement

    Collation: 1-2¹⁴, 3¹², 4-6¹⁴, 7¹⁴ (-14). Catchwords parallel to the text on folios 40, 54, 82.

  • Bibliography

    Migne, J P. ‘Patrologia Latina’.

    Hauréau, B. `Sur les poèmes latins attribués à Saint Bernard` in ‘Journal des Savants’ (1882).

    The poem in (vi) has been published by Jean Leclercq in ‘Seanchas Ardmhacha’, iii (1959), page 326.

    Little, A G. ‘Initia operum latinorum’ (Manchester, 1904).

    De Grauwe, Jan. ‘Prosopographia Cartusiana Belgica’ (Ghent, 1976).

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Paper (the outer leaves of gatherings 1 and 5-7, and the inmost leaves of gatherings 2 and 4, vellum). Watermarks: shield bearing three fleur-de-lys (cf. Briquet 1680) and a unicorn. Bindings of brown sheep-skin with gilt fillets (rebacked).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    The book belonged to the Carthusian house in Louvain (inscriptions on folios 1 and 21). A further inscription in another hand has been added on folio 1; `Ex importatione cum quibusdam alijs dilecti confratris nostri andree de amsterdammis monachi et professi huius domus et eodem tempore sacriste`. This refers to Andreas Andriesz (died 1545); see ‘Prosopographia Cartusiana Belgica’, number 105. The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library from Archibald Constable and Company, sale catalogue for 1808, number 9524.