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Abstract

This manuscript, which was made at or for the Cistercian monastery at Himmerode, Germany, is a compilation of several texts written in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century. The first and third texts, William of St. Thierry's Life of St. Bernard and Hugh of St. Victor's On the lamentations of Jeremiah, are contemporary but were written separately and then bound together. A third text, Jacques de Vitry's Life of St. Marie d'Oignies, was inserted between them at a later time. Several additional texts were added to blank folios in the thirteenth century, most notably a letter by Hildegard of Bingen on the final folio. Many different hands can be identified throughout the manuscript, sometimes changing every few lines; this variety of scribes is especially evident in the third text. Although the book contains no pictorial illuminations, large, ornate decorated initials, drawn in bright green and red, announce the beginning of each chapter.

Hand note

Written in pre-Gothic bookhand

Decoration Note

Nine large red and/or green decorated initials (5-15 lines); small red or green initials throughout (2-5 lines); opening lines of first two major incipits in enlarged alternating red and green letters; rubrics in red or else in black struck through with red; text in black and brown ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dutschke, Consuelo

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Hildegardis Abbatissa, Epistulae. Paris: J.-P. Migne, 1855.


De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 820, no. 385.


Schneider, Ambrosius. "Skriptorium und Bibliothek der Cistercienserabtei Himmerod im Rheinland: zur Geschichte klösterlichen Bibliothekswesens im Mittelalter." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 35 (1952-3): 155-205.


Morson, John. "The Life of St. Bernard: Manuscripts and Recensions in Collectanea Ordinis Cisterciensium." Reformatorum 19 (1957): 54, 58, no. 2.


Schneider, Ambrosius. Skriptorium und Bibliothek der Abtei Himmerod: ein Beitrag zur Geistesgeschichte des Eifelklosters. Himmerod, Germany: Himmerod-Drucke, 1974, p. 30, no. 37.


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Keywords
Christian
German
Theology
Saint's Life
Germany
Binding
12th century
13th century

Origin Place

Himmerode, Germany

Date

Late 12th century / early 13th century CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Red velvet over sixteenth-century(?) boards, with a Limoges champlevé enamel crucifix applied to the upper board; bound by Léon Gruel, Paris, late nineteenth/early twentieth century

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Owned by, and possibly made at, the Cistercian abbey of Himmerode

Josef von Görres collection, Germany, 1802/3-1902

Görres collection sale, Munich, 1902, Catal.libr.mss. lot 60, p. 12

Gruel and Engelmann collection, Paris, 1902-1903

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Gruel, June 9, 1903

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

<< return to search Saints' lives W.71

Origin Place

Himmerode, Germany

Date

Late 12th century / early 13th century CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Owned by, and possibly made at, the Cistercian abbey of Himmerode

Josef von Görres collection, Germany, 1802/3-1902

Görres collection sale, Munich, 1902, Catal.libr.mss. lot 60, p. 12

Gruel and Engelmann collection, Paris, 1902-1903

Henry Walters, Baltimore, purchased from Gruel, June 9, 1903

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This manuscript, which was made at or for the Cistercian monastery at Himmerode, Germany, is a compilation of several texts written in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century. The first and third texts, William of St. Thierry's Life of St. Bernard and Hugh of St. Victor's On the lamentations of Jeremiah, are contemporary but were written separately and then bound together. A third text, Jacques de Vitry's Life of St. Marie d'Oignies, was inserted between them at a later time. Several additional texts were added to blank folios in the thirteenth century, most notably a letter by Hildegard of Bingen on the final folio. Many different hands can be identified throughout the manuscript, sometimes changing every few lines; this variety of scribes is especially evident in the third text. Although the book contains no pictorial illuminations, large, ornate decorated initials, drawn in bright green and red, announce the beginning of each chapter.

Hand note

Written in pre-Gothic bookhand

Decoration Note

Nine large red and/or green decorated initials (5-15 lines); small red or green initials throughout (2-5 lines); opening lines of first two major incipits in enlarged alternating red and green letters; rubrics in red or else in black struck through with red; text in black and brown ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Editor: Noel, William

Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Dutschke, Consuelo

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Hildegardis Abbatissa, Epistulae. Paris: J.-P. Migne, 1855.


De Ricci, Seymour. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 1. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1935, p. 820, no. 385.


Schneider, Ambrosius. "Skriptorium und Bibliothek der Cistercienserabtei Himmerod im Rheinland: zur Geschichte klösterlichen Bibliothekswesens im Mittelalter." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 35 (1952-3): 155-205.


Morson, John. "The Life of St. Bernard: Manuscripts and Recensions in Collectanea Ordinis Cisterciensium." Reformatorum 19 (1957): 54, 58, no. 2.


Schneider, Ambrosius. Skriptorium und Bibliothek der Abtei Himmerod: ein Beitrag zur Geistesgeschichte des Eifelklosters. Himmerod, Germany: Himmerod-Drucke, 1974, p. 30, no. 37.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
Christian
German
Theology
Saint's Life
Germany
Binding
12th century
13th century
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