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MS 11 (olim Goodhart 17) Tours, s. XI1

Gregory the Great / Homeliae decem super extremam partem ezechielis

1. ff. 1r-115v [Title:] In Christi nomine incipit liber omeliarum decem sancti Gregorii Papae urbis Romae extrema pars Ezechielis prophetae.

[Preface:] Quia multis curis pre mentibus Ezechielis prophetae librum coram caritate... restat ergo in hoc palpando carpamus.

[Text:] In uicesimo et quinto anno transmigrationis nostrae in exordio anni decima mensis quartodecimo anno postquam percussa est civitas in ipsa hac die facta est super me manus domini.

Expl.: Sit itaque gloria omnipotenti domino nostro ihesu christo qui uiuat et regnat cum patre in unitate spiritus sancti deus per omnia secula seculorum. Amen. Expliciunt omeliae Gregorii Papae in extrema parte Ezechielis numero X feliciter.

M. Adrien, ed., Homeliae in Hiezehielem prophetam; CC ser. lat. 142 (1971) pp. 205-398; MS 11 is listed as Goodhart MS 17 on p. xviii.

2. ff. 116r-119r

Inc.: Solemnitas hodierna dilectissimi omnem caelorum letificat militiam omnem mundi conuentum omnem qui sollicitat ecclesiam et ut omnibus pariter per hanc tantam sollemnitatem peccatorum proueniat remissio...

Expl.: ...apud eundem filium suum intercedere dignetur qui sine fine cum patre et spiritu sancto in saecula saeculorum uiuit et regnat deus. Amen.

Sermo Radbodi Episcopi de nativitate B.M. Virginis. Attributed to Radbodus, Bishop of Tours. See Johann A. Fabricius, Bibliotheca latina mediae et infimae aetatis (Florentiae, 1858-9) v. 2, p. 333.

3. ff. 119v-120r

Selected brief moral maxims and exhortations excerpted from Seneca, Clement, etc. f. 120v blank (at one time pastedown).

Parchment (thick, furry), ff. ii (paper) + ii (contemporary parchment) + 120 + ii (paper). 282 x 196 mm.

Art. 1: ff. 1r-115v, written space 217 x 129 mm. Written in 28 long lines. Leaves ruled in hard point or lead with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines. Remains of prickings in upper, lower, and inner margins. Written by a single scribe in a well-formed Caroline minuscule above the top line. Title and explicit in elegant, 2-line, red majuscules. First two lines of preface in 2-line black majuscules shaded in red. Text begins with ornamental 5-line red penwork initial. Homilies 2-10 begin with a 4- to 5-line red initial followed by red and black capitals. Passages of Ezechiel's text in red. 2- to 3-line red initials throughout. Abbreviated running headings in upper margin in black. Numerous biblical references in the margins were attributed to Petrarch by R. Klibansky (personal comments).

Art. 2: ff. 116r-119r, written space 214 x 132 mm. 28 lines. Written on 4 blank leaves at the end of the text by a second scribe in Caroline minuscule. 4-line blue initial at beginning.

Art. 3: ff. 119v-120r added to manuscript later by several 13th-century gothic cursive hands.

I8(-1), II-XV8.

Binding: Seventeenth century; red velvet over boards. On spine in gold: "S GREGORI/ OMELI*".

Written in Tournai during the first half of the 11th century. In the lower margin of f. 1r is the note: "Liber Radbodi epi." written in the same hand as the hand which wrote the second article. This Radbod (the second) whose Sermo de nativitate B. M. V. is article 2, was elected Bishop of Noyon and Tournai in 1067-68, and died in 1098. Johann A. Fabricius in his Bibliotheca latina mediae et infimae aetatis (Florentiae, 1858-59) v. 6, p. 333 notes the existence of two manuscripts of Radbod's Sermo de nativitate, one in the Vatican and the other in the library of St. Martin at Tournai. Given that this text once belonged to Radbod, our manuscript may be the St. Martin copy mentioned by Fabricius. Perhaps also in the possession of Petrarch, to whom the marginalia is attributed. Elisabeth Pellegrin, in "Nouveaux Manuscrits Annotés par Pétrarque à la Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris," Scriptorium 5 (1951) 270-71, describes two other manuscripts probably from the Abbey of Saint-Martin, Tournai owned and annotated by Petrarch. In the collection of the Marquess of Blandford at White Knights (Bibliotheca Blandfordiensis, I [1813] 2); his sale (London, 7 June 1819, n. 1960) to Henry Drury (ownership note, in ink, f. ii recto); his sale (London, 19 Feb. 1827, n. 2015) to Thorpe for Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 3373, on paper label on spine and f. i verso); his sale (London, 1913, n. 547) to Leighton; his sale (London, 14 Nov. 1918, I, n.339) to Maggs; offered by J. Martini, Cat. 16 (1920), n. 12; Cat 17 (1922) n. 8; Cat. 18 (1922) n. 8 (printed catalogue entry laid in); in the collection of Edward Duff Balken, Pittsburgh (printed bookplate; in lead in upper left corner: "25"); obtained from Maggs, Cat. 542 (1930) n. 35 by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate), and given by him to Bryn Mawr College, Nov. 1951.

secundo folio: uirorum

Bibliography: De Ricci, p. 1679, no. 17; Iter Italicum vol. 5, p. 350, no. 17; p. 223, no. 11.


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