This manuscript dates from the first half of the 15th century, and is a collection of didactic, pastoral, and meditative devotional treatises, as well as some fragments of works by late 14th-century English theologian, John Wycliffe. Generally, devotional texts were an important element of medieval piety, as they provided guidance for individuals to deepen their faith through study, meditation and prayer. This volume is perhaps best described as a medieval instructional manual.
ff. 1r-10v: Versions of the 'Ten Commandments'
ff. 11r-15r: 'The Seven Deadly Sins'
ff. 15r-16r: 'The Five Bodily Wits'
ff. 16r-18r: 'The Five Ghostly Wits'
ff. 18r-22r: 'The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost'
f. 22r-v: 'Six Maners of Consent to Sin'
ff. 22v-25v: 'The Eight Blessings of Christ', an abridged version of John Wycliffe's sermon
ff. 25v-27r: 'The Three Goods'
f. 27r-v: 'The Seven Sacraments'
ff. 27v-28r: 'Four Needful Things'
ff. 28r-36v: 'The Four Cardinal Virtues'
ff. 36v-38r: 'The Sixteen Conditions of Charity'
ff. 38r-79v: The Twelve Chapters of Perfection, an English translation of the Latin text Emendatio Vitae, by Richard Hampolle
ff. 79v-80v: 'The Seven Bodily Works of Mercy'
ff. 80v-81v: 'The Twelve Articles of the Faith'
ff. 81v-82v: 'The Eight Tokens of Meekness'
ff. 82v-83v: 'The Sixteen Tokens of Love'
ff. 83v-85r: 'The Four Errors'
ff. 85r-87r: 'The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost'
f. 87r-v: 'The Magnificat'
ff. 87v-90r: 'Of Lords and Husbandmen'
ff. 90r-95v: 'Meditation I of St Anselm'
ff. 95v-100r: 'The Strathel of Sin'
ff. 100r-102r: Biblical passages from 2 Peter, 2 Corinthians and James (2 Peter i, 5-9; 2 Cor. vi, 1-7; Jas. iv, 1-17)
ff. 102r-103r: Biblical passages on the Last Supper (Matt. XXVI, 26-29; Luke XXII, 14-16; 1 Cor. xi, 23-24)
f. 103v: Gospel of Ascension Day (Mark xvi, 16-20)
A good English 15th century hand.