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Greaves Manuscripts



Introduction

Thomas Greaves (1612-1676) was a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and became 'deputy professor of the Arabic lecture in the absence of Mr. Edward Pocock' in 1637. He took his BD in 1641 and DD in 1661, and held a succession of country rectories. The collection of 65 manuscripts and printed books, chiefly oriental, was purchased by the Library in 1678, but not all of it arrived.


Shelfmark MS. Greaves 43
Summary Catalogue no. 3815
Summary of contents William of Nassyngton, Speculum Vitae (imperfect).
Language Middle English
Origin English
Date 15th century
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 746

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 51
Summary Catalogue no. 3823
Composite two parts
Summary of contents William of Waddington, Manuel des péchés. || Passion of our Lady.
Language French
Origin English
Date 13th century, middle || 14th century, early
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 747
Bibliography
1999
Ruth J. Dean (with Maureen B. M. Boulton), Anglo-Norman literature: a guide to texts and manuscripts (Anglo-Norman Text Society, Occasional Publications Series, No. 3), London 1999, nos. 635, 954

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R.
1990
Derek Pearsall, ed., Studies in the Vernon Manuscript, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1990, pp. 138, 157

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 52
Summary Catalogue no. 3824
Summary of contents Arms of the nobility and gentry of Scotland.
Language English
Origin Scottish
Date c. 1542-1560
Material paper

Decoration
Good miniatures (coloured drawings), and coats of arms. Written in the reign of Mary, queen of James V. (P&A iii. 1187)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 747
Manuscript image fol. 10r James II (of Scotland), bearded, and wearing armour, with crown, sword and sceptre. With him is his wife, Mary of Gueldens. Her skirt bears a coat of arms (presumably her own), and she holds a thistle.

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 53
Summary Catalogue no. 3825
Summary of contents Theological distinctiones. Sermons. Bonaventure, Incendium amoris. William de Leicester, Distinctiones. Bernard of Clairvaux, Meditations ('Qualiter ymago trinitatis in nobis cognosci potest'). Treatise on the Seven Deadly Sins. Sermons for saints' days and festivals.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 13th century, early
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 747
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 748

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 54
Summary Catalogue no. 3826
Summary of contents Thomas Watton, Speculum Christiani. Sermons. Gesta Romanorum (extracts). Moral stories.
Language Middle English and Latin
Origin English
Date 15th century
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 748
Manuscript image fol. 33v-34r Text pages.
Bibliography
2000
H. L. Spencer, 'Middle English Sermons', in The Sermon, ed. Beverly Mayne Kienzle (Typologie des sources du moyen age occidental, fasc. 81-3), Turnhout: Brepols, 2000, pp. 597-660, 992-4, at p. 613
1998
Alan J. Fletcher, Preaching, Politics and Poetry in Late-Medieval England, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998, p. 237 n. 13
1997
The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist XII, Smaller Bodleian collections: English miscellaneous, English poetry, English theology, Finch, Latin theology, Lyell, Radcliffe Trust, ed. Ralph Hanna III, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1997, p. 29 [fols. 1-24]

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R
1993
H. Leith Spencer, English Preaching in the Late Middle Ages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993, pp. 177, 183-4, 315-6, 396 n. 39

Bodleian shelfmark: BDH = R

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 55
Summary Catalogue no. 3827
Summary of contents Fulcher of Chartres, Itinerarium (imperfect). Sermons by Peter Lombard, Peter Comestor, and others.
Language Latin
Origin English
Date 13th century, early
Material parchment
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 748

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 56
Summary Catalogue no. 3828
Summary of contents Medical treatise based on Copho, Modus medendi. Herbal.
Language Latin and English
Origin English
Date 15th century
Material parchment, paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 748
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 749

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 57
Summary Catalogue no. 3829
Summary of contents John Mirk, Manuale sacerdotis.
Language Middle English
Origin English
Date 15th century
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 749

Shelfmark MS. Greaves 61
Summary Catalogue no. 3833
Summary of contents Never received. See introduction to Greaves manuscripts in Summary Catalogue, vol. II, part II, p. 744.


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