Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 536: Iohannes of Frankenstein OCist (attrib.), Malogranatum

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CCCC MS 536 contains a single work, the Malogranatum by a member of the Cistercian monastery of Königsaal (Zbraslav), near Prague. The name of its author has been controversial. He was first thought to be a monk called Gallus, then one called Peter, and most recently the abbot of Zbraslav in the second half of the fourteenth century, Iohannes of Frankenstein, has been proposed. The text is in the form of spiritual advice as a guide on the road to perfection. Attendance at Mass, and in particular frequent communion, is considered as essential to achieve this. The book was probably made at Prague in the first quarter of the fifteenth century, and preserves its contemporary binding with straps and bosses of bone or ivory. This volume is part of the Elbing collection; a group of manuscripts which belonged to a Brigittine convent at Elbing (Elblag), near Gdansk. The collection was donated to Corpus Christi College by either Richard Pernham (1583?-1628) or his wife Mary, whose name is in many of these books.


Alternative title [Untitled]
Type of resource mixed material
Extent ff. 4 + 288
Date created [ca. 1400 - 1499]
Language Latin
Material Paper
Layout double columns of 32 lines
Height (mm) 208
Width (mm) 148
Collation a (four) 1(12)-10(12) | 11(12)-24(12).
Writing clearly written
Foliation ff. a-d + i-ii + iiia + iv + iva + 1-288 + e-g
Provenance Mary Pernham on f. ivv.
Additions Stamped binding, bosses of bone, complete, three tags (one pierced), straps.

Bibliographic information

M.R. James Date xv
Downloadable James Catalogue Record
Superseded Interim Catalogue Record
Elbing N. 38
Location MS 536
Repository UK, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Parker Library

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