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Sermons of St Bernard and Others (German, 15th century)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS GERM 11
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Sermons of St Bernard and Others (German, 15th century)
Date(s): 15th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 237 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux: born in 1090, probably at Fontaine-les-Dijon, near Dijon, Burgundy; monk and mystic; founder and abbot of the abbey of Clairvaux; among the most influential churchmen of his time; died at Clairvaux, Champagne, 1153; canonized, 1174.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, 15th century, consisting of two, originally independent, manuscripts: sermons of St Bernard, and a collection of miscellaneous sermons.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
German, Middle Franconian dialect. Gothic minuscule hand and cursive hand.

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Dorothy K Coveney, A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London (London, 1935), which summarises the contents of the manuscript; N R Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, i (London and Oxford, 1969); handlist at University College London Special Collections.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The manuscript may once have belonged to a monastery in Cologne. It belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), baronet, an antiquary and bibliophile whose collection included c60,000 manuscripts of various kinds, some relating to the administration of Swiss towns. Various manuscripts were sold after Sir Thomas's death, some to the German government, and were dispersed to several libraries. Formerly Phillipps MS 643. Also bears the label 'Van Ess' inside the front cover.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to University College London in 1911 by Mr Max Rosenhaim.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Eva Lüders, 'Sur Überlieferung der St Georgener Predigten', Studia Neophilologica: a Journal of Germanic and Romance Philology, xxix(2) (1957), pp 200-49, and ibid, xxx(1) (1958), pp 30-77.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica online. Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2001

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