Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies
Edited by John Flood, James R. Ginther, and Joseph W. Goering
Papers in Mediaeval Studies 24. April 2013. Approx. 400 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–824–8 • Cloth • $90.00
ESSAYS: James R. Ginther, ‘Introduction.’ Neil Lewis, ‘Libertas arbitrii in Robert Grosseteste’s De libero arbitrio.’ Mette Lebech and James McEvoy, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Understanding of Human Dignity.’ Joseph W. Goering, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Dicta: The State of the Question.’ James McEvoy, ‘Robert Grosseteste as Spiritual Guide.’ Michael Robson OFM Conv., ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Two Sermons to the Friars Minor in Commendation of Evangelical Poverty.’ Edgar Laird, ‘Robert Grosseteste, Ptolemy, and Christian Knowledge.’ R. James Long, ‘Adam’s Rib: A Test Case for Natural Philosophy in Grosseteste, Fishacre, Rufus, and Kilwardby.’ Cecilia Panti, ‘Robert Grosseteste and Adam of Exeter’s Physics of Light: The Transmission, Authenticity and Chronology of Grosseteste’s Scientific Opuscula.’ John Flood and James McEvoy, ‘Romanorum malleus et contemptor: Confessional Identity and the Early Modern Reputation of Robert Grosseteste.’
TEXTS: Cecilia Panti, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s De luce: A Critical Edition.’ Neil Lewis, ‘Robert Grosseteste On Light: An English Translation.’ Meridel Holland, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Translation of John of Damascus’s The Dialogue of the Christian and the Saracen: An Edition and English Translation.’ Michael W. Dunne, ‘“The Ten Commandments of the Lord”: An Edition and English Translation of Robert Grosseteste’s Sermon 86.’
S. Harrison Thomson’s The Writings of Robert Grosseteste Bishop of Lincoln, 1235–1253. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1940) has been reprinted and costs £20.00.
‘The aim of this conference is to gain a clearer understanding of the construction, enhancement and expression of episcopal power at a local level in Western Europe. Since a bishop’s local power was intimately connected to the episcopal office and the duties it entailed, the conference will be focused in particular on these activities, such as a bishop’s pastoral responsibilities and his role in the liturgy, and their role in the formation and development of episcopal power. However, the effect on episcopal power of other aspects of a bishop’s role in local society will also be considered, such as his relationship with aristocratic families.’ Cardiff, May 2013.
The aim of the project is to re-edit, translate the scientific treatises, and present them from the perspective of their own intellectual history, and to analyse them functionally, using where appropriate the insights and conceptual tools of modern science. The first volume from this project will be published shortly.
The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste’s De colore: Edition, Translation and Interdisciplinary Analysis
By Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Giles E.M. Gasper, Michael Huxtable, Tom C.B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti and Hannah Smithson
Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts 4. March 2013. Approx. 120 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–564–3 • Paper • $19.95. Publisher’s site.
The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid (discovered in September 2011) after Grosseteste. The explanation for the choice of name runs: ‘Robert Grosseteste (1175–1253) was an English statesman, natural philosopher and theologian. His commentaries on Aristotle underlaid what was to become the scientific method: generalizing from observations to universal laws, and then using those laws to predict outcomes.’
The technical details can be found at: http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/ECS/MPCArchive/2012/MPC_20120703.pdf
(Thanks to R. A. Rosenfeld of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for this information.)
A conference on Grosseteste’s De luce took place at the University of Durham on 9-10th of July. Speakers included Neil Lewis (Philosophy, Georgetown), Cecilia Panti (Philosophy, Rome, Tor Vergata), Tom McLeish (Physics, Durham), Hannah Smithson (Psychology, Oxford) and Giles E. M. Gasper (History, Durham). This was part of a project mentioned in an earlier post (below), The Ordered Universe c. 1100-c. 1400: Interdisciplinary Readings of Medieval Science. Poster
Robert Grosseteste. On the Cessation of the Laws. Trans. Stephen M. Hilderbrand. The Fathers of the Church, Medieval Continuation. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
Stephen M. Hildebrand is associate professor of theology and director of the graduate theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
In a March number of The New Scientist there’s a short article entitled, ‘The Grosseteste code: Did a 13th-century English bishop understand what makes our world such a gaudy place?’ (New Scientist, 3/10/2012, Vol. 213, Issue 2855). It deals with a research group at Durham (UK) called ‘Ordered Universe‘ that brings historians and physicists together to discuss the medieval contribution to science. As part of their project they are going to reexamine the manuscript transmission of Grosseteste’s scientific works.
This collection of essays, edited by Jack Cunningham, will shortly be available from the press of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies (PIMS) and can be pre-ordered from Amazon etc. The volume contains the following essays: James McEvoy, ‘Thomas Gallus Vercellensis and Robertus Grossatesta Lincolniensis: How to make the Ps- Dionysius intelligible to the Latins,’ Catherine Kavanagh, ‘The translation methods of Robert Grosseteste and Johannes Scottus Eriugena: some points of comparison,’ Jean-Michel Counet, ‘Grosseteste’s commentary on the divine names: a cosmological relevance?’ Robert M. Ball, ‘Robert Grosseteste on the Psalms,’ Cecilia Panti, ‘The evolution of the idea of corporeity in Robert Grosseteste’s writings,’ Pietro B. Rossi, ‘Grosseteste’s influence on fourteenth and fifteenth century British commentators on Posterior Analytics: a preliminary survey,’ R. James Long, ‘Between idolatry and Science: The magical arts in the Grosseteste School,’ Anne Hudson, ‘Wyclif and the Grosseteste legacy at Oxford Greyfriars,’ Edgar Laird, ‘Grosseteste, Wyclif, and Chaucer on Universals,’ Neil Lewis, ‘Robert Grosseteste and Richard Rufus of Cornwall on unequal infinites,’ Matthias Hessenauer, ‘For a larger audience: Grosseteste’s Perambulavit Iudas in Anglo-Norman,’ Mark W. Elliott, ‘Robert Grosseteste, the Jews and De Cessatione Legalium,’ James McEvoy, ‘The Mystical Theology commentary of Robert Grosseteste as a source for the Die siben strassen zu got of Rudulph of Biberach, OFM’.
For the details of Architecture as Cosmology: Lincoln Cathedral and Bishop Robert Grosseteste a conference that will be hosted by the University of Lincoln on 21/22 January 2012 see http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/whatson/eventsconferences/event%20name,9190,en.html
Sara Harris (Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK). The Chateau d’Amour; Grosseteste’s pastoral works.
Michele Trizio (University of Bari) is preparing a critical edition of Grosseteste’s translations of the commentaries on books 5 (one anonymous and the other by Michael of Ephesus) and 6 (Eustartius of Nicea) of the Nichomachean Ethics. After this he intends to address the Notulae.
Aaron Hope is completing a PhD at University College, London, which deals in part with Grosseteste’s attitude to the episcopal office and the responsibilities of spiritual government. More specifically, he investigates in detail the activities of his deputy, Robert Marsh (brother of Adam Marsh), during the bishop’s absences from the diocese of Lincoln.
There will be a reception and book launch by Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations in conjunction with the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. This will include a tribute to the late Prof. James McEvoy, the author of one of the volumes being launched by the Dallas series (see post below).
Time: Friday, May 11, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Robert Grosseteste at Munich: The Abbreviatio by Frater Andreas, O.F.M., of the Commentaries by Robert Grosseteste on the Pseudo-Dionysius. Ed. James McEvoy and prepared by Philipp W. Roseman. Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 14 (Leuven: Peeters, 2012).
Robert Grosseteste at Munich
contains an edition, translation, and careful study of a short and hitherto completely neglected text from a manuscript in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
, MS. clm 8827. This codex—a collection of extracts from a broad range of texts conducive to spiritual contemplation—includes an abbreviatio
of Robert Grosseteste’s commentaries on the corpus dionysiacum
. Professor McEvoy’s detailed introduction identifies the author of the abridgment as one Friar Andreas, a Franciscan of the southern German province who worked in the second quarter of the fifteenth century. McEvoy is able to identify a series of early owners of the codex, which turns out to be intimately connected with the history of the Franciscan community at Munich—indeed, with the history of Munich itself. For, as McEvoy shows, MS. clm 8827 did not remain unaffected by historical turning-points such as the secularization of 1802 and even World War II.Friar Andreas’s text is accompanied by the glosses of ‘Finehand’, a mystically inclined mind who may well have been a Franciscan nun. Finehand represents another layer in the tradition of the reception of the Pseudo-Dionysius, and of Robert Grosseteste’s commentary upon the Pseudo-Dionysius, which this volume minutely chronicles. [From the publisher's website
Jim Ginther is beginning a major project to correct and update Thomson’s catalogue of Grosseteste’s writings. It will make the manuscript listings and associated bibliography freely available on the internet. Anyone with additions or correction to Thomson should contact Jim – for further details, please look at the tab on the menu bar of this site.
An Italian and Latin edition and translation of De luce has just been published by Pisa University Press. The edition has been prepared by Cecilia Panti and has a preface by Pietro Rossi. Details can be found at http://www.edizioniplus.it/Inglese/AspFiles/libro.asp?codlibro=732