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The Pseudo-Bonaventure Meditaciones vite Christi: Opus Integrum

From: Franciscan Studies
Volume 55, 1998
pp. 253-280 | 10.1353/frc.1998.0029

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The Pseudo-Bonaventure Meditaciones vite Christi: Opus Integrum
C. Mary Stallings-Taney
Rowen College of New Jersey


1. M. Stallings-Taney, Ioannis de Caulibus Meditaciones vite Christi olim S. Bonaventuro attributae, CCCM 153 (1997).

2. James Marrow, "Circumdederunt me canes multi: Christ's Tormentors in Northern European Art of the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance," Art Bulletin 59 (1977): 176.

3. Cainneach O'Maonaigh (Canisius Mooney), ed. Smaoninte Beatha Chriost (Dublin, 1944): 342.

4. So Luigi Cellucci, "Le Meditationes vitae Christi e i poemetti che ne furono ispirati," Archivum Romanıcum 22 (1938): 33; and Robert Frank, "Medıtationes vitae Christı: The Logistics of Access to Divinity," Hermeneutics and Medieval Culture (1989): 49.

5. Humanist (or Neo-Latin) "is defined by its intention of using the Latin language, both in poetry and prose, in strict conformity to ancient Roman principles of composition and rhetoric." Thomas Cooke, ed., The Present State of Fourteenth-Century Literature (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1982), 197 and 214.

6. The MVC was omitted from the Quaracchi edition (1882-1901) of the works of St. Bonventure, but it continued to be circulated in separate editions, often as the work of St. Bonaventure. For a survey of the MVC diffusion see Mooney 343-347.

7. Hyacinth Sbaralea, Supplementum ad scriptores ordinum minorum (Rome, 1908 and 1921), 158.

8. Benedict Bonelli, Prodromus ad opera omnia s. Bonaventurae (Bassano, 1767), coll. 698-700.

9. The MVC author often describes his work as meditaciones and at least once as a tractatus (57. 64-68).

10. Livario Oliger, "Le Meditationes Vitae Christi del Pseudo-Bonaventura," Studi Francescani 7 (1921): 143-183; 8 (1922): 18-47.

11. Sanctı Bonaventurae opera, (Rome, 1588-1596), 349-419.

12. A. Peltier, ed., Sanctı Bonaventurae opera omnia, 12 (Paris, 1868), 509.

13. Meditationes vitae Domini nostri Iesu Christi (Augsburg, 1468).

14. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke 4 (Leipzig, 1930): 445, N.R. 4743.

15. Columban Fischer, "Die 'Meditationes vitae Christi' Ihre handschriftliche Ueberlieferung and die Verfasserfrage," Archivum Franciscanum Historıcum 25 (1932): 3-35; 175-348; 449-483.

16. The added question raised by Fischer of a Sancti Germani (Paris) reading (critical text: 77.63), versus Sancti Gemıniani (the Tuscan town of San Gimignano) is moot on the basis of a number of Sancti Geminiani readings in the manuscripts as well as the Tuscan locale. In the British Museum Harleian Ms. 3174 there is a clear attempt at textual correction by the scribe of Geminiani to Germani, indicating that the scribe was unfamiliar with the Italian San Gimignano, but familiar with the Parisian Saint Germain.

17. Cellucci, 33.

18. Fischer 13-35; 176-205.

19. The shorter version of the MVC (kleine Text) is simply an abridged version of the complete text. These shorter version texts vary considerably in length as well as in chapter titles and chapter divisions.

20. Mary Stallings, ed., Medıtaciones de passione Christi olim sancto Bonaventurae attributae (Washington, DC, 1965).

21. Beryl Smalley, "Meditaciones de Passione Christi olim S. Bonaventurae attributae," Journal of Theological Studies 17 (1966): 503-504.

22. MPC 1.94-96.

23. Sandro Sticca, The Planctus Mariae in the Dramatic Tradition of the Middle Ages (Athens, Georgia, 1988), 196.

24. Stallings, vii.

25. Mooney, 330-337.

26. Oliger, 46.

27. Sarah McNamer, "Further Evidence for the Date of the Pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes vitae Christi," Franciscan Studies 50 (1990): 247-248.

28. McNamer, 247-248.

29. See L. Celluccii, "Le 'Meditationes vitae Christi' e i poemetti che ne furono ispirati," Archivum Romanicum 22 (1938): 74-93, for an analysis of Cicerchia's dependence on the MVC.

30. Ludwig Schmidt, Katalog der handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek zu Leipzig, Bd. 6, 3. (Leipzig, 1905).

31. Oliger, 146.

32. All the collated manuscripts include these references when the passage itself has not been omitted.

33. Jean Leclercq, C. H. Talbot, H. M. Rochais, eds., S. Bernardi opera, 8 vols. (Rome: Cistercian Editions, 1957-1977).

34. Smalley, 504.

35. Luigi Cellucci, "Le 'Meditationes vitae Christi' e i poemetti che ne furono ispirati," Archivum Romanicum 22 (1938): 34.

36. Isa Ragusa and Rosalie Green, Meditations on the Life of Christ. An Illustrated Manuscript of the Fourteenth Century (Princeton, 1961...