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Composite manuscript containing twenty-nine texts, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 114


Contains twenty-nine texts, all in the same hand. The collection is a curious one, and contains at the beginning and end a number of curious proverbs (copied in full by Catherine Borland, see Appendix IV, pp. 335-6 of her catalogue). The end papers have been taken from an English manuscript of the early 15th century, and contain interesting fragments of English religious verse (also copied in full by Catherine Borland, see Appendix IV, pp. 334-5 of her catalogue).

The manuscript contains a reference to Julius II who became Pope in 1503. Since the manuscript is the work of one hand, it must have been copied around (and mostly after) that date.

ff. 1r-3v: List of contents.

ff. 4r-8r: Index.

f. 9r: Proverbs.

ff. 10r-18v: 'De modo vivendi omnium fidelium' ('On the way all the faithful should live') by Jean Gerson.

ff. 18v-19v: 'Epistola Jesu Christi et Beatae Mariae Virginis de regula et vita Christianae religionis' ('Letter of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary on the rules and life of the Christian religion').

ff. 19v-24v: Excerpt from the 'Rosella casuum' by Battista Trovamala.

ff. 25r-33v: 'Sermo de vestigiis' ('Sermon on the footsteps').

ff. 33v-43r: 'De decem praeceptiis legis et duodecim consiliis evangeli' ('On the Ten Commandments and on the twelve pieces of wisdom of the Gospel').

ff. 43v-51v: 'De indulgentiis orationum' ('On the indulgences granted by the prayers').

ff. 52v-55v: Verses of Saint Bernard followed by other prayers and an extract from a sermon.

f. 55v: blank.

ff. 56r-57r: Prayer attributed to Saint Bonaventure followed by a prayer to the Virgin Mary.

ff. 57v-59r: Prayer attributed to Pope John XII followed by other prayers.

f. 59v: blank.

ff. 60r-63r: Seven prayers of Saint Gregory on the Passion of the Lord (with Indulgence), followed by an addition by Pope Julius II and other prayers.

ff. 64r-64v: Prayer attributed to Pope Sixtus IV (with Indulgence).

ff. 64v-68r: 'Orationes de Septem Doloribus Beatae Virginis Mariae' ('The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary').

ff. 67r-83r: Prayers for the Canonical Hours attibuted to Saint Jerome.

f. 83v: blank.

ff. 84r-85v: 'Septem Gaudia Beatae Virginis Mariae' ('The Seven Joys of the Virgin'), rhymed.

ff. 85v-87v: 'Septem Gaudia Beatae Virginis Mariae' ('The Seven Joys of the Virgin') according to Saint Thomas of Canterbury.

ff. 87v-97r: 'Memoriae'.

ff. 97v-99v: Prayers to be recited after Compline, followed by an excerpt from Saint Bonaventure.

ff. 100r-311v: Excerpts from the 'Summa Rosella casuum', the 'Summa Angelica' and the 'Summa Silvestrina'.

ff. 311v-312v: 'Regula Sanctae Mariae Virginis' ('Rule of the Saint Virgin Mary').

ff. 313r-317v: blank.

ff. 318r-319r: Prayer.

ff. 319v-321v: Prayer attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.

ff. 321v-322v: Memoria of Saint Servatus.

ff. 322v-323v: Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene.

f. 324r-324v: Proverbs.

ff. i and ii (fly-leaves): Fragments of three English religious poems

The texts are described separately, under MS.114/f. 1r-3v; MS.114/ff. 4r-8r; MS.114/f. 9r; MS.114/ff. 10r-18v; MS.114/ff. 18v-19v; MS.114/ff. 19v-24v; MS.114/ff. 25r-33v; MS.114/f. 33v-43r; MS.114/ff. 43v-51v; MS.114/ff. 52v-55v; MS.114/ff. 56r-57r; MS.114/ff. 57v-59r; MS.114/ff. 60r-63r; MS.114/ff. 64r-64v; MS.114/ff. 64v-68r; MS.114/ff. 67r-83r; MS.114/ff. 84r-85v; MS.114/ff. 85v-87v; MS.114/ff. 87v-97r; MS.114/ff. 97v-99v; MS.114/ff. 100r-311v; MS.114/ff. 311v-312v; MS.114/ff. 318r-319r; MS.114/ff. 319v-321v; MS.114/ff. 321v-322v; MS.114/ff. 322v-323v; MS.114/f. 324r-324; MS.114/ff. i and ii.


Well written in a clear, small hand, with plain red capitals. The end papers are in English script of the early 15th century.


The manuscript is not illuminated.


  • Creation: early 16th century

Language of Materials

Latin. Proverbs at the beginning and at the end in Dutch. Poems in the fly-leaves in English (see individual records).

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

The provenance is given on f. 1 at the beginning of the contents of the manuscript which are headed Liber Canonicorum Regularium prope Nussiam. This seems to refer to a House of canons regular at Nuys, near Düsseldorf. The binding seems to be German, but the end papers have been taken from an English manuscript. There are no later marks of ownership save the label with the number 290 on the back.

Previous reference

Laing 32

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland's catalogue: Tractatus varii.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper and vellum.

Binding: Original, oak boards covered stamped leather (eagle, scroll with the word 'Jhesus', and other devices), brass clasp, rebacked.

Collation: a8, b14, c16, d16, e15 (vellum), f14, g16, h14, i12 - m12, 14, o14, p12 - r12, s14, t14, v13, x12 - z12, A14 (11-14 blank), B8 = 324


10.32cm x 6.83cm


Secundo folio: ipsi vilescit.

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 324 (+2 vellum fly-leaves), varying number of lines to a page.

Repository Details

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