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Theological works of St Bernard of Clairvaux and others, probably from a Cistercian house.

Identifier: MS.9153

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

(i) The 'De consideratione' of St Bernard. Printed by J P Migne in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clxxxii, 727-808. (Folio 2 verso).

(ii) Four sermons of St Bernard on Luke I, 26-38. Printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clxxxiii, 55-88. (Folio 85).

(iii) Hugh of St Victor, 'Soliloquium de arrha animae'. The prologue and 'confessio’ are in a shorter version than that printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clxxvi, 951-970. (Folio 122).

(iv) Cardinal Drogo, 'Liber de divinis officiis'. Printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clxvi, 1557-1564. The sections on Matins, Prime, Sext, Nones, and Vespers are each followed by notes of Biblical events at these hours. (Folio 130 verso).

(v) A brief treatise on a rule of life, including instructions on conduct at Mass, in the refectory, and in the dormitory, beginning 'Preterea in sacrosancta missa ubi coeli aperti sunt'. (Folio 136 verso).

(vi) The 'Philomena' of John Pecham. Printed in ‘Analecta hymnica medii aevi’, volume 1, page 602. (Folio 137 verso).

(vii) Verses on the words of the Virgin before the Cross, beginning 'Stans ad crucem filii virgo cruciatur'. (Folio 140 verso).

(viii) Hymn on the Virgin, beginning 'Stabat iuxta Christi crucem'. See C U J Chevalier, ‘Repertorium hymnologicum’ number 19411. It has several variations from the version printed in ‘Analecta hymnica medii aevi’, voume viii, page 55, and lacks the final stanza. (Folio 141).

(ix) 'Contra illos qui affectant prelationes.' Miracles, chiefly of the Virgin. (Folio 141 verso).

Initials in red and blue with pen-work decoration, and some headings in red. Folios 1-2 contain lists of the contents of the manuscript and of the chapters in St Bernard's 'De consideratione'. Section (i) is in a different hand.

On folio 84 verso are three verses on the nature of the Deity in two hands. For the first two verses, see Hans Walther, ‘Proverbia sententiaeque Latinitatis medii aevi’, numbers 25772 and 5578.


  • Creation: 13th century.

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147 Leaves ; 200 x 150 millimetres.

Language of Materials



iv (paper) + 143 folios.

Collation: 1¹⁰ (-10), 2-5⁸, 6⁶ (preceded by 1 leaf), 7¹⁰ (preceded by 1 leaf), 8-9⁸, 10-12¹⁰, 13-16⁸, 17⁶. Quire-marks remain on gatherings 2 and 14-16. Some catchwords. The text begins on the top line of each page.

Custodial History

There are no early marks of ownership. According to a cutting from a bookseller's catalogue, which has been inserted, it is from the collection of George Dennis, Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1956, by A J Ferguson, Pitkeathly Wells, and Mrs E M Shearer, London.


‘Analecta hymnica medii aevi’, edited by G M Dreves, C Blume and H M Bannister (Leipzig, 1886-1922). Chevalier, C U J. ‘Repertorium hymnologicum’ (Louvain and Brussels, 1892-1920). ‘Patrologia Latina’, edited by J P Migne. Walther, Hans. ‘Proverbia sententiaeque Latinitatis medii aevi’ (Gottingen, 1963-1967).

Physical Description

Vellum. Eighteenth-century French binding of red morocco, gilt tooled.

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