Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 453: Robert Grosseteste, Epistolae (1-126), De cura pastorali (epistola 127)

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CCCC MS 453 contains the Epistolae of Robert Grosseteste (d. 1253), bishop of Lincoln 1235-53, copied c. 1430. The letters are an invaluable source for the sometimes brutal ecclesiastical politics of the first half of the thirteenth century and the relationship between the papacy, national churches and the monarchy. It was surely this that made the codex of such interest to Parker, for whom such issues were very far from being mere historical curiosities. This manuscript served as the basis for what remains the only standard edition of Grosseteste's letters, that published for the Rolls Series by Luard in 1861.
Epistolae (1-126) -- De cura pastorali (epistola 127)


Alternative title Rob. Grosseteste Epistolae
Type of resource mixed material
Extent ff. 197
Date created [ca. 1400 - 1499]
Language Latin
Material Vellum
Layout 30 lines to a page
Height (mm) 173
Width (mm) 122
Collation 1(12)-15(12) (12 canc.) 16(12) 17(6).
Writing in a rather current hand
Foliation ff. i-iii + pp. 1-56 (57-58 missing) + 59-396 + ff. iv-v
Research This is the principal MS. used by Luard for his edition. It contains Epistolae 1-127 in that edition (see his Introduction, p. xcvi)
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Bibliographic information

M.R. James Date xv
Downloadable James Catalogue Record
Superseded Interim Catalogue Record
TJames 227
Stanley O. 27
Location MS 453
Repository UK, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Parker Library

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