A portable Franciscan manuscript containing
two collections of sermons, one for the liturgical year [de
tempore] and the other for the saints’ days [de sanctis],
written in Italy in the last quarter of the thirteenth century.
There are frequent references to Franciscan saints, Francis, Clare
and Anthony of Padua, as well as to the wars between Anjou and Aragon
over Sicily. J. Schneyer lists only two other manuscripts of this
collection, Florence B.N. MS B. 2. 1026 and Milan, Ambrosiana MS
The manuscript is a striking witness to the change in the format
of books brought about by the Mendicant Orders in answer to their
need for small portable manuscripts, Bibles, distinction collections,
and sermon cycles to help them preach while on their itinerant missionary
Unbound, the manuscript provides a useful example of the make-up
of quires, and of the dimensions of the bifolium and the written
space when flat.
R.H. & M.A. Rouse MS 3