Anonymous and Unpublished Sermons
Anonymous Sermons for the Sanctorale and Temporale. Two complete bifolia plus three columns all from other parts, and one small piece from a corner. Italy, ca. 1300: leaves of the bifolia measure approx. 278 mm x 208 mm (justification 200 mm x 151 mm). The columns measure approx. 277 mm x 105 mm. Sermons for the Purification and for Mary Magdalen are foliated 89 and 96. All the pages have a curious alphabetical reference system. Fol. 89, for example, has R and S in the upper recto, while verso has T and U. Fol. 96 has P-Q and X-Y. One column has A and Z, and since this same column bears the foliation “12,” it seems that one letter per column is the proper distribution—not accounting in this instance for I/J and U/V. This must be a system for indexing the contents. It was added after the discursive annotations, for the U on fol. 89 has been displaced to the center of the page. Many of the leaves are heavily annotated. Additions included indexing systems, such as “Dom. 2 post octavam epiphanye” or “De beata maria magdalena.” Some notes correct biblical references, e.g., “Treni i” (Lamentations chap. 1 rather than Ezekiel chap. 33). More discursive notes are explanatory (“pro ‘lavacri’ regenerationis vel renovationis spiritus sancti”), while others provide sources: B for Bede or Ys for Isidore. The manuscript was heavily used. Decoration: rubricated pilcrows and two-line initials. Text: the manuscript seems northern Italian and from ca. 1300. None of the texts, however, can be found in Schneyer’s Repertorium der lateinischen Sermones des Mittelalters, the most complete source of Latin sermons extant before ca. 1350. While apparently anonymous—they do not seem unique, since at least one of them (“Angelus deo apparuit”—Holy Innocents) can be found in a number of other sources, mostly German. Identifying and editing these fragments will prove challenging but not impossible, and perhaps the best place to start is some minor overlap with the Dominican Peregrinus of Opole. Provenance and Condition: from a binding and therefore defective, rubbed, soiled, and torn as depicted. An inscription “Prothocollo del 1571” suggests that the leaves came from a volume printed in 1571 of the Frankenthal Disputation.