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[English Manuscript 94 - Meditations on the Life of Christ and other 15th century manuscripts, table of contents]

English MS 94

Mirror of the Life of Christ, etc., mid 15th century

Size: 362 x 240 mm. i + 168 + ii folios.

A copy of Nicholas Love's Myrrour of the Blessed Lyf of Jesu Christ, a translation of Pseudo-Bonaventura's� Meditationes Vitae Christi, together with five other texts once attributed to Richard Rolle of Hampole including The Book of the Craft of Dying, Treatise of Ghostly Battle, Six Masters Assembled Together and Twelve Profits of Tribulation.

The Meditationes Vitae Christi, or Meditations on the Life of Christ, was believed to have been written by the 13th-century Franciscan John Bonaventura, but more recent scholarship has now attributed it to a little-known 14th-century Italian Franciscan, Johannes de Caulibus. A devotional life of Christ, intended to be used for meditation, the original work was immensely popular all over Europe and was translated into the vernacular of most European countries.

There are two 5-line initials in blue ink with red penwork flourishes; five 4-line initials in blue ink with red penwork flourishes; and numerous 2- and 3-line initials in the same style.

Former owners include William Northamton (16th century); and the antiquary Humfrey Wanley (1672-1726), who gave it to Coventry School before 1696.

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