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[Mystical miscellany]; [manuscript].
- [Mystical miscellany] [manuscript].
- Collection of 4 devotional works with mystical and didactic tendencies. Work 1 is a version of the work on the six names of the Eucharist, or body of Christ (Buch von den sechs Namen des Fronleichnams; also known under the Latin title Liber de corde et sanguine domini) composed by the author known as the Monk of Heilsbronn, who was resident at the Cistercian abbey at Heilsbronn, in Bavaria, Germany, in the 14th century. Scholarship is inconclusive about the possible identification of the Monk of Heilsbronn with Konrad von Brundelsheim (Conradus de Brundelsheim), who was the abbot at Heilsbronn in 1303-1306 and 1317-1321. This manuscript, which contains contemporary corrections throughout, differs from the one published by J.F.L.T. Merzdorf in Der Mönch von Heilsbronn (pp. 1-68), showing a later spelling, and variations in the text, including the omission of the rhymed epilogue in which the writer identifies himself as a monk of Heilsbronn. The work begins with a rhymed prologue (f. 1r-3r) in which the author declares his intentions to cull and explicate wisdom from holy scripture, as well as the writings of Augustine, Ambrose, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Gregory I, on the subject of the body of Christ (unsers herren leichnamen; f. 1r); and justifies his choice to proceed in prose rather than in rhyme. In the main body of the text he explicates the six names: 1. Eucharist (eucharistia, gute genad; f. 3r, 3v), 2. gift (donum, gab; f. 7r), 3. food (cibus, speis; f. 26r), 4. communion (communio, gemainsam; f. 34r), 5. sacrifice (sacrificium, opfer; f. 44r), and 6. sacrament (sacramentum, heilikait; f. 61v). He develops the motif known as fons pietatis, i.e. Christ's wounds as a fountain of piety for the faithful (f. 42r, 63v). Work 2 is a prose tract on the question of how to love God (got mynnen; f. 97r); it begins by calling to mind John 21: 15-17, in which Jesus asks his disciple Peter whether he loves Jesus (Petre amas me ... Peter mynnestu mich; f. 97r). Work 3, also in prose, focuses on the Passion of Christ. In the first half, it mainly retells, with interspersed commentary, episodes from the New Testament, beginning with the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet (John 13), through his arrest, presentation before Pilate, flogging and crucifixion; the fons pietatis motif is invoked (f. 180r-180v). The sources cited include Ambrose (f. 123v), Augustine (f. 126v), Gregory I (f. 125v), and Bernard of Clairvaux (f. 139r, 252r). The second half of the work is organized under didactic headings that refer to such topics as thanking God (f. 212v), obedience (f. 214r), prayer (f. 218v), and faith (f. 228v). Work 4 is a 12-line prose piece that names obedience, poverty, and chastity as the three virtues essential to a cleric (geistleichen menschen), and elevates obedience as the noblest one.
- 264 leaves : paper; 153 x 107-108 (103 x 69) mm. bound to 160 x 115 mm.
- (OCoLC)ocn192006620; (OCoLC)192006620; (PU)4263611-penndb-Voyager
- Inscription: Mein dinst wist vorlieb Johann ich lass dich (front flyleaf, verso).; Sold by Erik von Scherling (Leiden, Netherlands), 1954.
- [Germany], ca. 1440.
- Devotional literature, German -- Early works to 1800.; Mysticism -- Catholic Church -- Early works to 1800.; Lord's Supper -- Catholic Church.; Lord's Supper -- Adoration.; Devotional literature.; Anthologies.; Treatises.; Codices.; Manuscripts, German; 15th century.; Manuscripts, Medieval.; Manuscripts, Renaissance.
- Personal Name:
- Jesus Christ; Heilsbronn,
- Call Number:
- Ms. Codex 1128