Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 536: Iohannes of Frankenstein OCist (attrib.), Malogranatum
ff. 4 + 288
208 Height (mm) and 148 Width (mm)
[ca. 1400 - 1499]
Mary Pernham on f. ivv.
Table of contents:
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.