Online Texts

Most of Grosseteste’s writings are available at The Electronic Grosseteste.

Sections below:

1. Manuscripts: Links to images of manuscripts of Grosseteste-related works.

2. Printed editions: Links to printed editions of Grosseteste’s works.

3. Afterlife: Links to works written about Grosseteste.

 

CUL Ff.1.24, fol. 25r. Annotation by Grosseteste.

CUL Ff.1.24, fol. 25r. Annotation by Grosseteste (click to enlarge)

1. Manuscripts

The following list includes links to images of manuscripts of works by and attributed to Grosseteste. In some cases there are a limited number of pages available, but in many, one can access a digital facsimile of the full text.

For a list of Grosseteste’s manuscripts in medieval libraries see: Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (MLGB3).

Aristotelian writings

Avranches, Bibliothèque municipale 222, (13th cent.): Decorated pages from Grosseteste’s translation, Aristotelis Ethica ad Nicomachum. Type ‘Grosseteste’ into the ‘Recherche libre’ box.

Chateau d’amour

British Library, Additional MSS 22283, ff. 84v-87v (14th cent.): Part of The Simeon Manuscript.

British Library, Harley MS 1121, ff 156r-168r (14th cent.): Part of a miscellaneous compilation.

Dicta

Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky III.D.18 (c. 1414): Roberti Lincolniensis episcopi Dicta CXLVII.

Czech Republic, Olomouc, Vědecká knihovna v Olomouci M.I.34 (15th cent.): Dicta bound with the work of Hus and Wyclif.

Letters

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky  IV.G.31 (15th cent.): Roberti Grosseteste, Lincolniensis episcopi Epistolae et sermo… [61 letters].

Miscellaneous & collections

British Library, Egerton MS 3277, ff 166r-168v (14th cent.): Part of The Bohun Psalter. Contains text attributed to Grosseteste with the incipit, ‘Sire dieu omnipotent tut puissant donez moy dreite creance’.

British Library, Harley MS 273, ff 81r-85r (14th cent.): Contains Regulae of Grosseteste.

British Library, Harley MS 5311, f. 1 (c. 1406): Contains an abridgement of De prognocatione aeri.

British Library, Royal MS 5.DS.x (c. 1280): Grosseteste’s indexing symbols; marginal sketch.

British Library Royal MS 6.E.v (c. 1410): historiated initial (including an image of Grosseteste) in a volume of his works.

Czech Republic, Olomouc, Vědecká knihovna v Olomouci M.I.159 (1478): includes pseudo-Grosseteste, Disputacio anime cum corpore.

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky X.H.12 (15th cent.): includes De ordine emanandi causatorum a Deo, De sciencia Dei, De veritate, De intelligentiis, De unica forma omnium, De luce seu de inchoatione formarum, De veritate propositionis, De generatione sonorum, De artibus liberalibus.

Pseudo-Dionysian Works

British Library, MS Additional 57532, page image (c. 13th cent.): from Grosseteste’s translation of The Celestial Hierarchy.

Scientific Works

British Library, Harley MS 3735 (13th cent.):  A collection of treatises on astronomy and computus that includes Kalendarium (ff 6r-12r ), De sphaera (ff 74r-82v) and Computus correctorius (ff 82v-105r).

British Library, Harley MS 4350 (13th cent.):  A collection of treatises on astronomy that includes De sphaera (ff 4r-15r) and Computus correctorius (ff 68r-113r) with a commentary and tables.

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky X.H.12 (15th cent.): includes De ordine emanandi causatorum a Deo, De sciencia Dei, De veritate, De intelligentiis, De unica forma omnium, De luce seu de inchoatione formarum, De veritate propositionis, De generatione sonorum, De artibus liberalibus.

Sermons

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky VIII.F.3 (15th cent.): The ‘Lyons Sermon’.

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky XIII.F.12 (15th cent.): The ‘Lyons Sermon’ bound with works by Hus and Wyclif.

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky XI.D.2 (15th cent.): The ‘Lyons Sermon’.

Suda

British Library, Harley MS 3100 (second half of 15th cent.).

Templum Domini

British Library, Harley MS 3244, ff 138r-145r (mid 13th cent.): Part of a theological collection.

Testamenta XII patriarchum

Cambridge University Library, MS Ff.1.24, (10th cent.): Grosseteste’s own copy of the MS.

Czech Republic, Olomouc, Vědecká knihovna v Olomouci M.I.277 (14th cent.): Testamenta XII patriarcharum interprete Roberto Grosseteste.

Czech Republic, Prague, Národní knihovna České republiky XI.D.2 (15th cent.): Includes Testamenta duodecim patriarcharum.

Romania, National Library of Romania-Batthyaneum MS II 59 (15th cent.): Includes Testamentum XII patriarcharum translatum a Roberto Grosseteste.

Flourished initials

British Library Egerton 927 f.9 (Chateau d’amour, 15th cent.)

2. Printed Editions

Aristotelian writings

Commentaria in libros Posteriorum Aristotelis (Venice, 1497).

Ethica ad Nicomachum (1496-7). Includes Grosseteste’s translation.

Expositio super libros Ethicorum Aristotelis (Venice, 1500). Includes Grosseteste’s commentary.

Expositio super octo libros Physicorum Aristotelis (Venice, 1555). Commentaries by Aquinas and Grosseteste.

In octo Physicorum Aristotelis libros Commentaria (Venice, 1586). Includes Grosseteste’s commentary.

[On the Physics] (Padua, 1506). Includes Grosseteste’s commentary at the end. Title page missing.

Posterio. Linco. Habes accuratissime lector Aristotelis Posteriorum opus cum duplici traductione… (Venice, 1521). Title page.

Posteriorum libri qui modo concili mendosique visebantur (Venice, 1537).

Chateau d’amour

For the editions of this poem see the Middle English Compendium.

R. F. Weymouth ed., The Castel off Love (London, 1864).

M. Cooke ed., R. Grossetete Carmina Anglo-Normannica: Robert Grossetete’s Chasteau d’amour (London, 1852).

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

Letters

H. R. Luard ed., Roberti Grosseteste episcopi quondam Lincolniensis epistolae (London, 1861).

Miscellaneous

Boke of Husbandry (London, 1508?). On EEBO (Early English Books Online – subscription access only).

Elizabeth Lamond ed., Walter of Henley’s Husbandry Together With…Robert Grosseteste’s Rules (London, 1890).

Shuffelton, George, ed. Codex Ashmole 61: A Compilation of Popular Middle English Verse. Teams Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2008. Includes an English version of ‘Stans puer ad mensam’.

Sermons

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

Suda Translation

Dorandi, Tiziano and Michele Trizio. ‘Editio Princeps Del “Liber Qui Uocatur Suda” Di Roberto Grossatesta.’ Studia graeco-arabica 4 (2014): 145-90.

Scientific Works

Libellus Linconiensis de phisicis lineis, angulis et figuris, per quas omnes actiones naturales complentur (Nuremberg, 1503).

Ruberti Linconiensis … Opuscula dignissima nunc primum in lucem edita & accuratissime emendata (Venice 1514). Includes: De artibus liberalibus. De generatione sonorum. De calore solis. De generatione stellarum. De coloribus. De statu causarum. De veritate propositionis. De unica forma omnium. De intelligentijs. De veritate. De impressionibus elementorum. De motu corporali et luce. De finitate motus et temporis. De angulis et figuris. De natura locorum. De inchoatione formarum. Quod homo sit minor mumdus. De motu supercelestium. De differentijs localibus.

Sphera cum commentis in hoc volumine contentisRoberti Linchoniensis Compendium… (Venice, 1518). Title page.

Textus Sphaerae Joannis De Sacro Busto (Venice, 1508). Including Grosseteste’s work.

Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs

Numerous early modern English printings of this text can be found on EEBO (Early English Books Online – subscription access only). All the editions are listed in the Short Title Catalogue.

Elogia patriarcharum et Christi Jesu Dei Hominis… (Cologne, 1711). Includes Grosseteste’s translation.

Anthony Gilby trans., The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs (London, 1837).

Theological Works

Tou en Hagiois Roberti Grostest Episcopi Lincolniensis De cessatione legalium, tractatus eruditissimus (London, 1658). On EEBO (Early English Books Online – subscription access only).

 

3. Grosseteste’s Afterlife

Roger of Wendover, Chronica sive Flores historiarum, ed. Henry Coxe, vol. 4 (London, 1842).

John Foxe, Actes and Monuments Online (hri online).  Includes the editions of 1563, 1570, 1576 and 1583. Search for ‘grosted’.

Thomas Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England (London, 1662).  Ed. P. Austin Nutall (1840), vol. 3, p. 163f.

Samuel Pegge, The Life of Robert Grosseteste, the Celebrated Bishop of Lincoln (London, 1793).

Joseph Milner and Isaac Milner, History of the Church of Christ (Boston, 1809), vol. 4, part 1, p. 57f.

George Godfrey Cunningham, Lives of Eminent and Illustrious Englishmen: From Alfred the Great to the Latest Times (Glasgow, 1834), vol. 1, p. 262f.

Grosseteste memorial Lincoln Cathedral

Grosseteste memorial, Lincoln Cathedral

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