Publications (2000-)

Lincoln Cathedral

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Cunningham, Jack P. and Mark Hocknull, eds. Robert Grosseteste and the Pursuit of Religious and Scientific Learning in the Middle-Ages. Berlin: Springer, 2016. Notes: This work includes Giles Gasper on Nature, Creation and Man in the Hexaemeron and Tom McLeish on medieval lessons for the modern religion and science debate. These two authors are joined by Brian Tanner and Richard Bower in a chapter on unity and symmetry in the De luce. Hannah Smithson offers a fascinating account of three dimensional colour space with reference to De iride. Cecilia Panti discusses the theological use of science in Grosseteste and Adam Marsh, according to Roger Bacon, and Nader El-Bizri contributes a chapter on Grosseteste’s study of meterological optics. Nine other excellent chapters bring together an international field of historians, theologians, medievalists and scientists in order to explore and discuss Grosseteste’s contribution to the history of science, theology and intellectual development in general [text from the editors].

Cunningham, Jack P. ‘Robert Grosseteste (c. 1170-1253): England’s Forgotten Philosopher.’ The Historian, no. 131 (2016): 36-40.

Durgun, Fatih. ‘Ortaçağ Avrupa Düşünce Tarİhİnde Gelenekçİlİk: Robert Grosetteste’nİn Hexaëmeron Adli Eserİnde Teolojİ, İlahİ Aydinlanma Ve Âlemİn Ezelİlİğİ.’ Kafkas University Journal of the Institute of Social Sciences, no. 17 (2016): 167-83. Notes: English title – ‘Traditionalism in the History Of Medieval European Thought: Theology, Divine Illumination and Eternity in Robert Grosseteste’s Hexaëmeron’.

Jorland, Gérard. ‘Le De Luce de Robert Grosseteste: Présentation et Traduction.’ Revue de métaphysique et de morale 89 (2016): 119-130.

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina. ‘Georeferencing Roberti Grosseteste Epistolae.’ Philica., 2016. Accessed 17 November 2016.

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina. ‘The Light Linking Dante Alighieri to Robert Grosseteste.’, 2016. Accessed 17 November 2016.

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina. ‘Suono E Silenzio Nella Divina Commedia: Alcuni Esempi Dall’inferno Dantesco.’ Philica., 2016. Accessed 17 November 2016.


Hendrix, John Shannon. Unconscious Thought in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2015. Includes a chapter entitled ‘Robert Grosseteste: Imagination and Unconscious Thought’ (pp. 126-47).

Hoskin, Phillipa, ed. Robert Grosseteste as Bishop of Lincoln: the Episcopal Rolls 1235-1253. Kathleen Major Series of Medieval Records. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015. Notes: (from abstract) This completely new edition of Grosseteste’s episcopal rolls makes it possible to take a fresh look at how he tackled the vexed issues of clerical ignorance, pluralism and non-residence in the aftermath of the reforms of the Lateran Council of 1216. They are presented here with an introductory study and elucidatory notes.

Grosseteste, Robert and Pseudo-Dionysius. Versio Caelestis Hierarchiae Pseudo-Dionysii Areopagitae Cum Scholiis Ex Graeco Sumptis Necnon Commentariis Notulisque Eiusdem Lincolniensis. Ed. Declan Lawell. Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. Notes: (from publisher) This volume contains Robert Grosseteste’s translation of the Pseudo-Dionysius’s Celestial Hierarchy. The Latin text is accompanied by Grosseteste’s translation of the Greek scholia as well as his commentary and notes made on the Celestial Hierarchy and scholia. Grosseteste’s work presents another insight into the renaissance of Dionysian studies which took place in the thirteenth century, as witnessed by commentators on the Areopagite such as Aquinas, Albert and Thomas Gallus. Grosseteste’s commentary is greatly informed by his command of the Greek language which resulted in not only a detailed philological understanding of the Greek but also in a rich interpretation of the mind of Dionysius.

Rossi, Michela and Giorgio Buratti. ‘The Architecture of Color: Number and Shapes as Measurement and Representation Tools.’ Nexus Network Journal (2015): 1-23. Notes: The paper deals with the geometrical architecture of color models. Many of these models had practical application in industry and the arts. Historically, geometry has been the principal means to explain, measure and represent the phenomenon of color. A 2-year research project on color in industrial design and architecture has led to the development of a new digital model for design applications using generative software (Grasshopper). It aims to show the historical significance of mathematical relationships between color and shape, and the actual applicability of them to digital representation in a dynamic model. The research goal is the parametric modeling of a color solid whose surfaces can be adapted to several geodesic tessellations. A regular polyhedron projected onto the sphere allows the integration of different regular and semi-regular shapes, therefore the comparison of different sets of color with analogous symmetry. The developing process of the model stresses the symmetry of the three primary colors, referring to the RGB screen in the numbers that feature the changing of the hues on the solid’s surface, however the number symmetry differs from the first shape.

Sierra, Cristancho and Sebastián Ricardo. ‘Plotino Y Grosseteste: El Neoplatonismo En la Cosmología Medieval’,, 2015.


Bower, Richard G., et al. ‘A Medieval Multiverse?: Mathematical Modelling of the Thirteenth Century Universe of Robert Grosseteste.’ Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science 470, no. 2167 (2014). Abstract: In his treatise on light, written about 1225, Robert Grosseteste describes a cosmological model in which the universe is created in a big-bang-like explosion and subsequent condensation. He postulates that the fundamental coupling of light and matter gives rises to the material body of the entire cosmos. Expansion is arrested when matter reaches a minimum density and subsequent emission of light from the outer region leads to compression and rarefaction of the inner bodily mass so as to create nine celestial spheres, with an imperfect residual core. In this paper, we reformulate the Latin description in terms of a modern mathematical model, teasing out consequences implicit in the text, but which the author would not have had the tools to explore. The equations which describe the coupling of light and matter are solved numerically, subjected to initial conditions and critical criteria consistent with the text. Formation of a universe with a non-infinite number of perfected spheres is extremely sensitive to the initial conditions, the intensity of the light and the transparency of these spheres. In this ‘medieval multiverse’, only a small range of opacity and initial density profiles leads to a stable universe with nine perfected spheres. As in current cosmological thinking, the existence of Grosseteste’s universe relies on a very special combination of fundamental parameters.

Bringhurst, Robert. ‘For Robert Grosseteste.’ Ontario Review 1 (2014). Notes: Poem available at

Dorandi, Tiziano and Michele Trizio. ‘Editio Princeps Del “Liber Qui Uocatur Suda” Di Roberto Grossatesta.’ Studia graeco-arabica 4 (2014): 145-90. Abstract: The Liber qui uocatur Suda in the Latin translation by Grosseteste is transmitted in an incomplete form in two manuscripts housed in London (R) and Oxford (D) respectively. The Liber results from Grosseteste’s selection and Latin translation of a few entries from the Byzantine Suda. The present text is the editio princeps of this translation. The introduction to the present edition, based on mss. R and D, lists fifteen witnesses preserving chapter 2 (the entry Ἰησοῦς in the Suda). The relationship between these witnesses and the double redaction of this chapter is also discussed. The authors investigate the composition and features of the Liber and provide the first edition of the text, accompanied by the account of the ecdotic criteria adopted.

Hoskin, Philippa. ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Simple Benefice: A Novel Solution to the Complexities of Lay Presentation.’ Journal of Medieval History (2014): 1-20. Abstract: That pastoral care was the main focus of Grosseteste’s theological work and correspondence is well established: Grosseteste is often characterised as the vehement, uncompromising promoter of the pastoral ideal in the face of strong opposition, ecclesiastical and lay. Less close attention has been paid to whether the records of his diocesan administration demonstrate the practical outworking of his pastoral theories. Although narrow in compass, his administrative rolls for the English diocese of Lincoln are not entirely sterile. They show Grosseteste experimenting with a novel form of parish organisation, using grants of simple benefices (simplex beneficium) to ensure appropriate provision for a parochial priestly function whilst offering a constructive compromise to the laity who had the right to nominate clergy for churches (the patrons) when their candidates were deemed inadmissible. The practical working out of these proposals reveals that they had both educational benefits, particularly for potential clergy, and allowed Grosseteste to focus his educational and pastoral efforts directly within the parishes.

Panti, Cecilia and Pietro B. Rossi. ‘In Memoriam Servus Gieben, OFM Cap.’ Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale, no. 56 (2014): 554-8.

Pelle, Stephen. ‘Newly Recovered English Homilies from Cotton Otho A. Xiii.’ The Review of English Studies 65, no. 269 (2014): 193-218. Notes: ‘Before the Cotton Fire, fols. 200–201 of Otho A. xiii contained, according to Smith, ‘Constitutiones cujusdam concilii Anglicani circa tempora Henrici III’. Because James transcribed two excerpts from these, we can now identify this text as the statutes that Robert Grosseteste instituted for Lincoln, his diocese, around the year 1239’.

Sáez-Hidalgo, Ana and R. F. Yeager. ‘Philip Perry’s Schools Manuscript and the Invention of the Recusant Middle Ages.’ Viator 45, no. 2 (2014): 373-397. Notes: Perry was a biographer of Grosseteste.

Temple, Nicholas, John Shannon Hendrix and Christian Frost, eds. Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: Tracing Relationships between Medieval Concepts of Order and Built Form. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014. Contents: Introduction. ‘The face of one making for Jerusalem’: the chapter of Lincoln during the episcopate of Robert Grosseteste, Nicholas Bennett; Light and procession: Bishop Grosseteste and the ceremony of the visitation, Nicholas Temple. Robert Grosseteste’s cosmology of light and light-metaphors: a symbolic model for a sacred space?, Cecilia Panti; Lumen de Lumine: light, God and creation in the thought of Robert Grosseteste, Jack Cunningham. The architecture of Lincoln cathedral and the cosmologies of Bishop Grosseteste, John Shannon Hendrix; Robert Grosseteste and the phenomenological nature of geometry and light, Noé Badillo; Robert Grosseteste and the foundations of a new cosmology, Dalibor Vesely. Architecture, liturgy and processions: Bishop Grosseteste’s Lincoln and Bishop Poore’s Salisbury, Christian Frost; Charlemagne’s palace chapel at Aachen: apocalyptic and apotheosis, Allan Doig.

Smithson, Hannah E., Giles E. M. Gasper and Tom C. B. McLeish. ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow.’ Nature Physics 10, no. 8 (2014): 540-542.

Smithson, Hannah E., et al. ‘Color-Coordinate System from a 13th-Century Account of Rainbows.’ Journal of the Optical Society of America A 31, no. 4 (2014): A341-A349.

Sparavigna, A.C. ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Colours.’ The International Journal of the Sciences 3, no. 1 (2014): 1-6.


Ambler, Sophie. ‘On Kingship and Tyranny: Grosseteste’s Memorandum and Its Place in the Baronial Reform Movement’, in Thirteenth Century England XIV: Proceedings of the Aberystwyth and Lampeter Conference, 2011, 115-28, eds. Janet Burton, Phillipp Schofield and Björn Weiler. Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013. Abstract: Considers the various works of Grosseteste concerning kingship, the responsibilities of rulers and the nature of power, in order to assess what influence the bishop’s arguments might have exercised on his disciple, Simon de Montfort, who led a revolution against King Henry III of England in the late 1250s. This discussion explores the memorandum created for Grosseteste outlining the case he made at the papal court in 1250 against the archbishop of Canterbury, which the bishop later sent to Montfort, as well as Grosseteste’s commentary on book eight of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics that inspired his case, and several of Grosseteste’s letters.’ Download from:

Dinkova-Bruun, Greti, Giles E.M. Gasper, Michael Huxtable, Tom C.B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti and Hannah Smithson. The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste’s De colore: Edition, Translation and Interdisciplinary Analysis. Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts 4. Toronto: PIMS, 2013.

Flood, John, James R. Ginther, and Joseph W. Goering eds. Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies. Papers in Mediaeval Studies 24. Toronto: PIMS, 2013. 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.’

Loewen, Peter V. Music in Early Franciscan Thought. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Chapter 5 deals with Grosseteste on music and science and draws on De artibus liberalibus and Templum Dei.

Mantello, F. A. C. and Joseph Goering. ‘”In Libro Numerorum Scriptum Est de Leuitis”: Robert Grosseteste on Clerical Orders.’ Medieval Studies 75 (2013): 1-34.

Newhauser, Richard. ‘The Optics of Ps-Grosseteste: Editing Peter of Limoges’s Tractatus moralis de oculo‘ in Vincent Gillespie and Anne Hudson eds. Probable Truth: Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the Twenty-First Century. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013.

Steinmann, Martin, ed. Handschriften Im Mittelalter. Eine Quellensammlung. Basel: Schwabe, 2013. Includes a manuscript on Grosseteste’s sandals!

Thomson, S. Harrison. The Writings of Robert Grosseteste Bishop of Lincoln, 1235–1253. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. First published 1940.


Brooks, M. ‘The Grosseteste Code.’ New Scientist 213, no. 2855 (2012): 52-53.

Carpenter, David A. ‘Magna Carta 1253: The Ambitions of the Church and the Divisions within the Realm.’ Historical Research (2013): 1-12. Abstract: The first purpose of this article is to publish for the first time a writ of King Henry III, which supplies a missing link in the negotiations leading to the 1253 confirmation of Magna Carta. The letter shows just how determined the church was to press its grievances and secure concessions beyond those found in the charter. Since the church failed to realize this ambition, it achieved far less in 1253 than it hoped. The article also sheds new light on the grievances of Robert Grosseteste, bishop of Lincoln, and shows how these were echoed in the schedules of complaint drawn up by the church.

Cooper, Travis James. ‘One Truth or Many Truths? Two Medieval Accounts of Truth: Anselm of Canterbury and Robert Grosseteste.’ Catholic University of America, PhD, 2012.

Cunningham, Jack P., ed. Robert Grosseteste, His Thought and Its Impact. Toronto: PIMS, 2012. Contents: 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’.

Gazziero, Leone. ‘The Latin “Third Man”. A Survey and Edition of Texts from the XIIIth Century.’ Cahiers de L’Institut du Moyen Age Grec Et Latin 81 (2012): 11-93.

Robert Grosseteste. The Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste’s De Colore. Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2013.

Robert Grosseteste. Robert Grosseteste at Munich: The Abbreviatio by Frater Andreas, O.F.M., of the Commentaries by Robert Grosseteste on the Pseudo-Dionysius. Eds. James J. McEvoy and Philipp W. Rosemann. Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 14. Leuven: Peeters, 2012. Notes: 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.’

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.

Robert Grosseteste. Roberti Grosseteste, Episcopi Quondam Lincolniensis Epistolae. Ed. Henry Richards Luard. Cambridge Library Collection. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. First published 1861.

Mantello, F. A. C. and Joseph Goering. ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Quoniam Cogitatio, a Treatise on Confession.’ Traditio 67 (2012): 341-84.

Molina Moreno, Francisco. ‘De Hyperboreis Renascentibus.’ Vox Latina 48 (2012): 310-16. Abstract: En este artículo, presentamos y examinamos algunos testimonios de la literatura latina medieval y, sobre todo, renacentista, acerca del mito de los hiperbóreos. En las épocas mencionadas, se había perdido el fundamento religioso que dicho mito había tenido en la Antigüedad (el mito de Apolo) y, por otra parte, se imaginaba que el paraíso terrenal estaba en Oriente. Sin embargo, la erudición de algunos autores, como San Isidoro de Sevilla, Godofredo de Monmouth o Eneas Silvio Piccolomini, les permitió recordar algunos bellos detalles del mito; otros, como Roger Bacon o Robert de Grosseteste, intentaron incluso justificar lo que habían dicho los antiguos sobre el clima en el país de los hiperbóreos, y Guillaume Postel intentó incluso sugerir que en dicho país pudo estar también el paraíso terrenal bíblico. Article in Latin. See

Orme, Nicholas, ed. Fleas, Flies, and Friars: Children’s Poetry from the Middle Ages. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Notes: Includes Grosseteste’s ‘Stans puer ad mensam’ and its adaptations (p. 41f).

Panti, Cecilia. ‘Il Trattato De Luce di Roberto Grossatesta. Una Rilettura Sulla Base della Nuova Edizione del Testo’, in Universalità Della Ragione. Pluralità Delle Filosofie Nel Medioevo, 289-99, ed. A. Musco. Palermo: Officina di Studi Medievali, 2012. Abstract: Il contributo inquadra la storiografia relativa alla cosiddetta metafisica della luce, di cui il trattato De luce di Roberto Grossatesta costituisce un testo fondamentale. La tesi del presente contributo è che questo originale trattato cosmologico costituì un momento centrale nella riflessione sul problema della causalità naturale, nel complesso percorso di approfondimento della fisica aristotelica condotto dal filosofo inglese e risolto con soluzioni diverse nei suoi scritti. Lo studio anticipa i risultati di ricerca alla quale l’autrice è pervenuta realizzando una edizione critica del testo, in pubblicazione alla data di consegna della presente relazione.

Panti, Cecilia. ‘Meccanica, Acustica E Armonia Delle Sfere Celesti Nel Medioevo’, in Sphaera. Forma Immagine E Metafora Tra Medioevo Ed Età Moderna, 81-115, eds. L. Valente and P. Totaro. Florence & Rome: Leo Olsckhi, 2012. Abstract: Lo studio mette in relazione la meccanica dei cieli e la dottrina acustica nel Medioevo. Partendo dalla concezione cosmologica del Timeo, esposta da Marziano Capella, Macrobio, Calcidio e Boezio, lo studio esamina come Giovanni Scoto Eriugena rielaborò la teoria absidale di Plinio in funzione armonico-musicale. L’ultima parte del contributo è centrata sulla conoscenza del De caelo aristotelico, dell’ottica e cosmologia araba e del sistema tolemaico nel tardo medioevo, focalizzandosi sullo pseudo-Adalbodo, su Roberto Grossatesta, e su testi scolastici universitari.

Panti, Cecilia. ‘Scienza E Teologia Agli Esordi Della Scuola Dei Minori Di Oxford: Roberto Grossatesta, Adamo Marsh E Adamo Di Exeter’, in I Francescani E Le Scienze. Atti Del 39 Convegno Internazionale Assisi, 6-8 Ottobre 2011, 311-51 Spoleto: Fondazione Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo, 2012. Anstract: ‘Partendo dalla storiografia sulla presenza di insegnamenti di filosofia naturale matematica nella scuola francescana di Oxford, lo studio evidenzia come tali discipline vennero coltivate a Oxford, ma non costituirono l’obiettivo peculiare della scuola francescana, il cui primo maestro, Roberto Grossatesta, e i suoi immediati successori furono anzitutto intenzionati ad offrire ai frati un magistero teologico finalizzato alla predicazione e al servizio di supporto nel ministero pastorale. I più noti francescani allievi di Grossatesta, cioè Adamo Marsh e Adamo di Exeter, offrono esempio di tale ideale didattico, confermandoci che lo sviluppo dei loro interessi scientifici, relativi soprattutto alla fisica della luce, appartengono agli anni che precedettero il loro ingresso nell’Ordine dei Minori’.

Silvestri, Angelo Mario. ‘The Power of the Bishop in the Dioceses of Lincoln and Cremona (1067-1340): A Study in Comparative History.’ University of Cardiff, PhD, 2012.

Smithson, H. E., Cecilia Panti et al. ‘A Three-Dimensional Color Space from the 13th Century.’ Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision 29, no. 2 (2012): 346-52. Abstract: A new commentary on Grosseteste’s De colore in which Grosseteste constructs a linguistic combinatorial account of color. In contrast to other commentaries, we argue that the color space described by Grosseteste is explicitly three-dimensional. We seek the appropriate translation of Grosseteste’s key terms, making reference both to Grosseteste’s other works and the broader intellectual context of the 13th century, and to modern color spaces.


Hendrix, John. Architecture as Cosmology: Lincoln Cathedral and English Gothic Architecture. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Horan, D. P. ‘How Original Was Scotus on the Incarnation? Reconsidering the History of the Absolute Predestination of Christ in Light of Robert Grosseteste.’ Heythrop Journal 52, no. 3 (2011): 374-91.

Robert Grosseteste. La Luce: Introduzione, Testo Latino, Traduzione E Commento. Ed. Cecilia Panti. Pisa: Edizioni Plus, 2011.


Briggs, Charles F. ‘Moral Philosophy in England after Grosseteste: An ‘Underground’ History’, in The Study of Medieval Manuscripts of England: Festschrift in Honor of Richard W. Pfaff, 357-86, eds. George Hardin Brown and Linda Ehrsam Voigts. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Tempe, Arizona: ACMRS in collaboration with BREPOLS, 2010.

Ginther, James R. ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Theology of Pastoral Care’, in A Companion to Pastoral Care in the Late Middle Ages (1200-1500), ed. Ronald J. Stansbury. Brill Companions to the Christian Tradition. Leiden: Brill, 2010.

Hendrix, John. Robert Grosseteste: Philosophy of Intellect and Vision. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2010. From publisher: Robert Grosseteste: Philosophy of Intellect and Visionfocuses on two important areas in the philosophy of Robert Grosseteste at the beginning of the thirteenth century: Philosophy of Intellect and Philosophy of Vision. These two areas of Grosseteste’s philosophy have not been thoroughly explored, nor their importance established…The book is based on readings of important manuscripts by Grosseteste: On Light; On Lines, Angles and Figures; Commentary on the Posterior Analytics; and Hexaemeron. An important part of this project is an examination of the principal sources for Grosseteste’s philosophy: the classical philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, Euclid); the Greek commentators on Aristotle (Alexander of Aphrodisias and Themistius); the Arabic commentators on Aristotle (Alfarabi, Avicenna, Averroes); and the Neoplatonic tradition, which includes the Theology of Aristotle (based on the Enneadsof Plotinus), the Liber de Causis (based on the Elements of Theology of Proclus), and the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius.

Jüssen, G. ‘Robert Grosseteste’, in Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey, 215-30, eds. Guttorm Fløisted and Raymond Kilbanski. Vol. 6: Philosophy and Science in the Middle Ages, part II.  Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2010.

Marsh, Adam. The Letters of Adam Marsh. Ed. C. H. Lawrence. Vol. 2. Oxford Medieval Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Noone, Timothy. ‘Truth, Creation, and Intelligibility in Anselm, Grosseteste, and Bonaventure’, in Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence, ed. Kurt Pritzl. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy 51. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010.

Robert Grosseteste. The Letters of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln. Eds. F. A. C. Mantello and Joseph Goering. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Southern, Richard W. ‘Grosseteste, Robert.’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2010. Accessed 3/11/2010. Earlier versions published in 2004 and 2007.

Van Dyke, Christina. ‘The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Robert Grosseteste on Universals (and the Posterior Analytics).’ Journal of the History of Philosophy 48, no. 2 (2010): 153-170.


Bloch, David. ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Conclusiones and the Commentary on the Posterior Analytics.’ Vivarium 47, no. 1 (2009): 1-23.

Lahey, Stephen E. John Wyclif. Great Medieval Thinkers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Addresses Grosseteste’s influences on Wyclif.

Pérez-Ilzarbe, Paloma. ‘Definition and Demonstration: Aristotle, Averroes, Grosseteste’, in In Aristotelis Analytica Posteriora: Estudos acerca da recepção medieval dos Segundos Analíticos, ed. A. C. Storck. Linus Editores, 2009. Abstract: ‘The aim of this article is to help to clarify the role which Aristotle gives to definition in his theory of demonstration. I shall begin by examining his handling of the relations between definition and demonstration in chapters 8-10 of the second book of the Posterior Analytics, in order to provide an outline for an interpretation of Aristotle’s thought. Secondly, I shall examine chapter 10 in more detail, bringing out the contrast between the commentary by Averroes and that of Grosseteste. I have chosen these two commentators because, both being generally magnificent interpreters of Aristotle, as far as the nature and types of definition are concerned their understanding of Aristotle is strikingly different’.

Van Dyke, Christina. ‘An Aristotelian Theory of Divine Illumination: Robert Grosseteste’s Commentary on the Posterior Analytics.’ British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17, no. 4 (2009): 685-704.


Lizun, Józef. ‘Elementy kosmologii światła u Bartłomieja z Bolonii.’ Roczniki Filozoficzne 56, no. 2 (2008): 165-184. Abstract: ‘The paper shows the elements of the cosmology of light in Bartholomew of Bologna, the Franciscan master of theology of the thirteenth century (d. after 1294). The paradigm of light is the key concept to understand the thought of this Bologna scholar. His views were principally inspired by Robert Grosseteste’s cosmology. According to Bartholomew of Bologna, the universe is not only the Platonic-Aristotelian machina mundi with its heavenly spheres and the spheres of the four elements of the sublunary world. It is also a vision of the cosmos in accordance with traditional theology with its Empyrean or crystalline heaven. In the construction of his picture of the universe he drew on the rich tradition of the Franciscan school. The paper discusses some particular issues contained in the Tractatus de luce by Bartholomew of Bologna, the issues that were widely considered in the Middle Ages. This concerns especially the conception of the multiplication of forms (multiplicatio specierum), the affection of light on the Earth and its effects, the composition of complex and animate bodies, the structure of heavenly bodies, and the conception of the natural place. The doctrine of Bartholomew of Bologna is a meaningful example how to adjust the problems concerning the metaphysics of light derived from Neo-Platonism to the theological Christian problems’.

Lewis, Neil. ‘Grosseteste on Being.’ The Modern Schoolman 86, no. 1-2 (2008): 25-46.

Mendoza, Celina A. Lértora. ‘La Espiritualidad Patrística En La Obra de Roberto Grosseteste.’ Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 64 (2008): 319-42. From abstract: ‘Comparing the use of the Fathers in this work and his metaphysic opuscules, the article states that Grosseteste has taken them into account, rewriting, in his own style, the following metaphysic-theological statements: 1. The non-eternity of the world. 2. Man as God’s image. 3. The idea of Christ’s “Mystical body” and “Christus totus”. It is also shown that these ideas are at the same time in solidarity with the spirituality cultivated by him.’

Panti, Cecilia. ‘Necessaria Sunt Ei Latera Quae Sapiant Iura Regni Et Iura Dei: Il Ruolo Dei Francescani Nell’episcopato Di Roberto Grossatesta’, in I Francescani e La Politica (Secc. Xiii-Xvii). Atti Del Convegno Internazionale Palermo 3-7 Dicembre 2002 Palermo: Officina di Studi Medievali, 2008.

Rosemann, Philipp W. ‘Robert Grosseteste’, in The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English: Volume 1, to 1550, 126-36, ed. Roger Ellis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Shuffelton, George, ed. Codex Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Teams Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008. Includes ‘Stans puer ad mensam’ and The King and His Four Daughters, an english version of Le château d’amour. Online here.


Agnoli, Francesco. Roberto Grossatesta: La Filosofia Della Luce. Segmenti. Bologna: ESD, 2007. Contents page at

Blažek, Pavel. Die Mittelalterliche Rezeption Der Aristotelischen Philosophie Der Ehe: Von Robert Grosseteste Bis Bartholomäus Von Brügge (1246/1247-1309). Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions. Leiden: Brill, 2007. Revision of part of the author’s thesis (Jena, 2003). ‘This study considers the medieval reception of Aristotle’s philosophy of marriage, which became known in the Medieval West through the thirteenth century rediscovery of the Nicomachean Ethics, the Politics and the pseudo-Aristotelian Economics, then considered a genuine work of the Stagirite. The author shows in seven case studies how medieval readers interpreted the ideas on marriage contained in these Aristotelian texts, and how they used them to construct their own, mostly theological or philosophical, discourses on marriage. At the core stands a hitherto largely neglected, unedited commentary on the pseudo-Aristotelian Economics of Bartholomew of Bruges (1309). This study is an important contribution to research on the medieval reception of Aristotle, as well as on the history of marriage.’ [Brill’s site].

Dunne, Michael and James McEvoy. ‘A Pseudo-Grosseteste Text on Luxuria at Pavia.’ Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 38 (2007): 75-84.

Evans, G. R. ‘Robert Grosseteste’, in Fifty Key Medieval Thinkers, 111-4 Routledge Key Guides. London: Routledge, 2007.

Longeway, John. Demonstration and Scientific Knowledge in William of Ockham : A Translation of Summa Logicae Iii-Ii : De Syllogismo Demonstrativo, and Selections from the Prologue to the Ordinatio. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2007. Chapter 2 deals with Grosseteste.


Ball, R. M. Thomas Gascoigne, Libraries and Scholarship. Cambridge Bibliographical Society Monograph. Cambridge: Cambridge University Library, 2006.

Marsh, Adam. The Letters of Adam Marsh. Ed. C. H. Lawrence. Vol. 1. Oxford Medieval Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Several letters to Grosseteste.

Robert Grosseteste. Robert Grosseteste: The Complete Dicta in English. Trans. Gordon Jackson. 13 vols. Lincoln: Asgill Press, 1972-2006. V. 1. nos. 1-10 — v. 2. nos. 11-19 — v. 3. nos. 20-36 — v. 4. nos. 37-50 — v. 5. nos. 51-59 — v. 6. nos. 60-78 — v. 7. nos. 79-89 — v. 8. nos. 90-99 — v. 9. nos. 100-102 — v. 10. nos. 103-113 –v. 11. nos. 114-126 — v. 12. nos. 127-137 — v. 13. nos. 138-147. Gordon Jackson’s contact details can be found in the membership list.

William, of Ockham. Demonstration and Scientific Knowledge in William of Ockham: a Translation of Summa Logicae III-II: De Syllogismo Demonstrativo, and Selections from the Prologue to the Ordinatio. Ed. John Longeway. Trans. John Lee Longeway. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2006.


Kenny, Anthony. Medieval Philosophy. A New History of Western Philosophy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005. Passing references to Grosseteste. ‘Grosseteste on omnipotence’ is the subject of pp. 298-9.

Lewis, Neil. ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Continuum’, in Albertus Magnus Und Die Anfange Der Aristoteles-Rezeption Im Lateinischen Mittelalter: Von Richardus Rufus Bis Zu Franciscus de Mayronis, 159-87, eds. Ludger Honnefelder, Rega Wood, Mechtild Dreyer and Marc-Aeilko Aris. Münster: Aschendorff, 2005.

Lopez Cuetara, Jose Miguel. ‘El Aristotelismo en el Pensamiento de Robert Grosseteste.’ Verdad y Vida 63, no. 242 (2005): 49-92.

Vinogradov, K. P. ‘Pripisyvaemyj Robertu Grossetestu Traktat O Prilivakh [The treatise on the tides ascribed to Robert Grosseteste].’ Istoriko-Astronomicheskie Issledovaniya 30 (2005): 227-57. Russian translation of Questio de fluxu et refluxu maris with commentary. In the introductory article the problem of authorship is briefly analysed, the time and place of the work’s composition is considered. The necessary information concerning the life and works of Robert Grosseteste, Adam Marsh, and Adam Rufus is given in the closing part of the article – each of these masters is considered as a possible author of the work.


Gaughan, Carey J. ‘Viva Scriptura : Bishop Robert Grosseteste and the Iconography of the Angel Choir at Lincoln Cathedral.’ Courtauld Institute of Art, MA, 2004.

Ginther, James R. Master of the Sacred Page: A Study of the Theology of Robert Grosseteste, Ca. 1229/30-1235. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

McEvoy, James. ‘Dignitas Humana: The Equal Dignity of Man and Woman through Their Creation in the Image of God: Basil the Great’s Outlook and Robert Grosseteste’s Reception of It.’ Maynooth Philosophical Papers (2004): 84-8.

Oliver, Simon. ‘Robert Grosseteste on Light, Truth and Experimentum.’ Vivarium 42, no. 2 (2004): 151-180

Panti, Cecilia. ‘Suono Interiore e Musica Umana Fra Tradizione Boeziana e Aristotelismo: Le Glosse Pseudo-Grossatestiane Al De Institutione Musica’, in Parva Naturalia: Saperi Medievali, Natura e Vita. Atti Dell’xi Convegno Della Società Italiana Per Lo Studio Del Pensiero Medievale, Macerata, 7-9 Dicembre 2001, 219-45, eds. C. Crisciani, R. Lambertini and R. Martorelli Vico.  Pisa and Rome: Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, 2004.

Robson, Michael. ‘Robert Grosseteste: His Memory among the Greyfriars, His Cult in Lincoln Cathedral and the Petition for His Canonisation.’ Miscellanea Francescana 104 (2004): 306-23.

Sayers, Jane. Robert Grosseteste, England, and the Thirteenth-Century Papacy. Honywood Papers No 4. Lincoln: Lincoln Cathedral Library, 2004.


Ginther, James R. ‘Laudat Sensum Et Significationem: Robert Grosseteste on the Four Senses of Scripture’, in With Reverence for the Word. Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, 237-55, eds. Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Barry D. Walfish and Joseph W. Goering.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Goering, Joseph Ward and Evelyn A. Mackie, eds. Editing Robert Grosseteste: Papers Given at the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference on Editorial Problems, University of Toronto, 3-4 November 2000. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Lewis, Neil. ‘Robert Grosseteste’, in A Companion to Philosophy in the Middle Ages, 597-606, eds. Jorge Gracia and Timothy B. Noone. Oxford: Blackwell, 2003.

McEvoy, James J., ed. Mystical Theology: The Glosses by Thomas Gallus and the Commentary of Robert Grosseteste on ‘De Mystica Theologia’. Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 3. Louvain: Peeters, 2003.

McEvoy, James J. Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1235-1253. Lincoln: Lincoln Cathedral Publications, 2003. 60p.

O’Carroll, Maura, ed. Robert Grosseteste and the Beginnings of a British Theological Tradition: Papers Delivered at the Grosseteste Colloquium Held at the Greyfriars, Oxford on 3rd July 2002. Rome: Instituto Storico dei Cappuccini, 2003.

Synan, Edward. ‘Laudat Sensum Et Significationem: Robert Grosseteste on the Four Senses of Scripture’, in With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, eds. Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Barry Walfish and Joseph Ward Goering. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Wilkinson, Louise. ‘The Rules of Robert Grosseteste Reconsidered: The Lady as Estate and Household Manager in Thirteenth-Century England’, in The Medieval Household in Christian Europe, C. 850-C. 1550: Managing Power, Wealth, and the Body, 294-306, eds. Cordelia Beattie, Anna Maslakovic and Rees Jones. International Medieval Research. Turnhout: Brepols, 2003.


Mackie, Evelyn Anne. ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Chasteu D’amur: A Text in Context.’ University of Toronto, Ph.D., 2002.

Paul, Suzanne. ‘An Edition and Study of Selected Sermons of Robert Grosseteste.’ University of Leeds, PhD, 2002.


Marrone, Steven P. The Light of Thy Countenance: Science and Knowledge of God in the Thirteenth Century. 2 vols. Studies in the History of Christian Thought. Leiden: Brill, 2001. Extensive reference to Grosseteste. Chapter on Grosseteste and William of Auvergne.

McEvoy, James. ‘The Edition of a Sermon on the Decalogue Attributed to Robert Grosseteste.’ Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales 68 (2001): 228-44.

Panti, Cecilia, ed. Moti, Virtù e Motori Celesti Nella Cosmologia Di Roberto Grossatesta: Studio Ed Edizione Dei Trattati ‘De Sphera’, ‘De Cometis’, ‘De Motu Supercelestium’. Testi e Studi Per Il Corpus Philosophorum Medii Aevi 16. Florence: Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2001.

Rhodes, James Francis. Poetry Does Theology: Chaucer, Grosseteste, and the Pearl-Poet. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001. Part 2 looks at Grosseteste and the Four Daughters of God in Langland.


Fauvel, John, et al. Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

McEvoy, James. Robert Grosseteste. Great Medieval Thinkers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Robert Grosseteste and Thomas Aquinas. Summa Linconiensis Super Octo Libris Physicorum Aristotelis. Hildesheim: Olms, 2000. ‘Dem Nachdruck liegt das Exemplar der Alten Bibliothek der Abtei Ottobeuren, Signatur Inc 140 III 115, zugrunde’ [Title page]. Facsimile of Venetian edition of 1500.

Whitehead, Christiania. ‘A Fortress and a Shield: The Representation of the Virgin in the Château D’amour of Robert Grosseteste’, in Writing Religious Women: Female Spiritual and Textual Practices in Late Medieval England, 109-32, eds. Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Publications of Interest

This is a list of recent and forthcoming publications by members of the society and publications in areas related to the study of Grosseteste.


Blund, John. Treatise on the Soul. Eds. Michael Dunne and R. W. Hunt. Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2012.

McEvoy, James, Michael Dunne and Julia Hynes, eds. Thomas Aquinas:Teacher and Scholar. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012. The Annual Maynooth Aquinas Lecture Series began in 1995 and was founded by the late Professor James McEvoy. This second volume arising from the conference series contains papers on a variety of Thomistic topics. It includes essays by Eleanor Stump, John Boyle, Philipp Rosemann and Declan Lawell.

Boncompagno da Signa. Amicitia and De Malo Senectutis et Senii. Ed. Michael Dunne. Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations 15. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.


Richard Fishacre. In secundum librum Sententiarum pt. 2, Dist. 21 – 44, Appendices. Ed. R. James Long. Munich: Verl. der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2011.

Thomas Gallus. Explanatio in Libros Dionysii. Ed. Declan Anthony Lawell. CCCM 223. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011. Gallus’s Glosses on the Celestial Hierarchy and his major commentary on the whole Dionysian corpus, the Explanatio, are edited in their entirety for the first time.

Thomas Gallus. Thomae Galli Glose Super Angelica Ierarchia. Accedunt Indices ad Thomae Galli Opera. Ed. Declan Anthony Lawell. CCCM 223a. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011.


Evans, G. R. The University of Oxford: A New History. London: I.B. Tauris, 2010.

Flood, John, Representations of Eve in Antiquity and the English Middle Ages. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Ní Chuilleanán, Eiléan and John Flood eds, Heresy and Orthodoxy in Early English Literature. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010.


Ginther, James R. ed., The Westminster Handbook of Medieval Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009.

Lebech, Mette, On the Problem of Human Dignity: a Hermeneutical and Phenomenological Investigation. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009.

McEvoy, James and Michael Dunne eds, The Irish Contribution to European Scholastic Thought. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009.

Robson, Michael, The Franciscans in the Middle Ages. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2009. Paperback edition.


Beardsley, Martyn and Nicholas Bennet eds.,`Gratefull to Providence’: The Diary and Accounts of Matthew Flinders, Surgeon, Apothecary and Man-Midwife, 1775-1802. Vol. 1 Lincoln: Publications of the Lincoln Record Society, 2008.

Long, R. James, ed., Richard Fishacre, In Secundum Librum Sententiarum, Part 1: Prol., Dist. 1-20. Munich: Verlag der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2008.

Panti, Cecilia, Filosofia della musica. Tarda Antichità e Medioevo. Rome: Carocci, 2008.

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Statues of Bacon and Grosseteste (Westminster Abbey)