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Manuale scolarium, by an unknown author, late 15th century

Identifier: MS 210/ff. 205r-233r

Scope and Contents

This section contains a manuscript copy of the Manuale Scolarium (here called 'Communeloquium studentum'), written by an unknown author at the end of the 15th century. It is a dialogue between two students from the University of Heidelberg, Bartholomew and Camille, discussings subjects from their life and studies at the university, as well as general subjects. It includes chapters on fresher initiations, the formalities of matriculation and examination, on lectures and exercises, on their lodgings, on the meals, on the dangers of loving women, etc.

This version of the Manuale Scolarium doesn't seem to be based on any known printed copies. It matches up to chapter 11, but after this the chapters are out of order. Chapter 12 in this manuscript version is chapter 18 in the printed text, chapter 14 is chapter 16, and chapter 15 is chapter 17. Interestingly, the manuscript has 20 chapters, whereas the printed editions only have 18.


  • Creation: late 15th century

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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


29 folios

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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