Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 337: Defensor of Ligugé, Liber scintillarum. Richard of Wetheringsett, Summa Qui bene praesunt. pseudo-Robert Grosseteste, Summa uitiorum
Latin and English, Middle (1100-1500)
ff. 3 + 207
227 Height (mm) and 155 Width (mm)
[ca. 1200 - 1299]
An erasure on f. iir at top: Liber scintillarum secundum bedam de uerbis ewangel ... cum aliis contentisJoīs (?) de Wyrcestre (?) monachi ecclesie cant (?). The book is very probably from Christ Church, Canterbury, but I do not find it in existing catalogues.
CCCC MS 337, dating to the fourteenth century, contains two main texts. The first is the Liber scintillarum of Defensor of Ligugé (late seventh century), a florilegium of biblical and patristic sayings arranged according to themes. The second is the Summa Qui bene praesunt by Richard of Wetheringsett (fl. c. 1200-30), first recorded chancellor of Cambridge University at some time between 1215 and 1232. This is a guide for preachers structured in the manner of a catechism according to the Creed, the Lord's Prayer etc. It is one of the earliest pastoral texts of this sort which were initiated by the reforms of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215. Formerly the author of this text was thought to be William de Montibus (d. 1213). The book might have belonged to the cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury, but that provenance is doubtful.