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MS 91: Meditationes Vitae Christi by Pseudo-Bonaventure, 15th century

Identifier: MS 91
Meditationes Vitae Christi by Pseudo-Bonaventure (MS 91)
Meditationes Vitae Christi by Pseudo-Bonaventure (MS 91)


This manuscript is an anonymous prose translation of an early 14th century devotional text, Meditationes Vitae Christi. This work was traditionally attributed to St Bonaventure, but it has since been shown to have been composed by a Franciscan friar in Tuscany in the 14th century. The original text, from which the 15th century English translation derives, was a very popular Franciscan devotional text. Hundreds of manuscript copies exist of the Latin original, and it was famously translated into Middle English by Nicholas Love in about 1400.
Meditacio passionis Christi: begins f. 1r
Meditacio of Cristes Passion at Prime: begins f. 10r.
Meditacio of Cristes Passion at underen: begins f. 13r.
Meditacio of Cristes Passion at midday: begins f. 15r.
Meditacio of Cristes Passion at Xoone: begins f. 18r.
Meditacio of thynges don after his dethe: begins f. 20v.
Meditacio of Cristes Passion at evesongtyme: begins f. 23r.
Meditacio of Cristes Passion at complyne tyme: begins f. 25r.
Meditacio of Cristes Passion after Complyne: begins f. 27v.
Meditacio oi Cristes Passion on þe Saterday: begins f. 30v.
Meditacio of Oure Lorde Jhesu What he dede after his deth: begins f. 32v.
Here foloeth a good prajere: f. 33v.
Writing Written in a careful hand with tinted penwork capitals and titles within ornamental scrolls.


  • 15th century

Language of Materials

Middle English

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

This translation is in a Sourthern English dialect, although there is no further indication of the origin nor early provinence of the manuscript. The earliest mark of ownership the book-plate of Thomas Dawson. Cat. H. A. W. is written in a modern hand on the same book-plate. These are the initials of H. A. Wilson, Secretary of the Henry Bradshaw Society. There is a label with the number 318 on the front board.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Meditations on the Passion [S. Bonaventura].

Previous reference

Laing 679


Jason Reakes, 'The Middle English Prose Translation of the Meditaciones de Passione Christi and its Links with Manuscripts of Love's Myrrour', Notes and Queries no. 27/ Vol. 3 (1980), pp. 199-202.
Middle English Prose, ed. A.S.G. Edwards and D. Pearsall (1981), p.126.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Modern


17.46 cm X 12.70 cm


Secundo folio: reede in his honde.
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 34, 20-24 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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