Sermons and Homilies

On this page, you can learn more about the various medieval manuscripts in St John’s College Library that contain sermons and homilies. The authors include Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Gregory the Great.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 19, fol. 17r

MS 19

MS 19 contains Augustine’s Sermons on Psalms 80–118. Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine, was a bishop, theologian, and philosopher (d.430). This manuscript was produced in England at the turn of the fourteenth century.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 62, fol. 1r

MS 62

MS 62 was produced in England at the turn of the thirteenth century and it contains a copy of Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs. The key themes of the Old Testament Song of Songs include love and longing. In his sermons, Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153) interprets the Song of Songs allegorically.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 65, fol. 1r

MS 65

MS 65 contains a copy of the ‘sermon-diary’ of Richard Fitzralph, Archbishop of Armagh (d.1360). This manuscript was produced in England at the end of the fourteenth century. It was likely once owned by Henry Savile of Bank (d.1617), a prolific collector of medieval manuscripts.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 93, fol. 5r

MS 93

MS 93 comprises two originally separate manuscripts dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, both produced in England. The longer of the two is a copy of Gesta Romanorum, a popular collection of tales apparently intended as a resource for preachers. This text is notable for inspiring Chaucer and others.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 112, fol. 1r

MS 112

MS 112 comprises two originally separate manuscripts. The first is a copy of Alphabetum narrationum, a preaching compendium. The second manuscript contains multiple works attributed here to Pope Clement I. Both manuscripts were produced in England, the former in the fourteenth century, the latter in the thirteenth.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 121, fol. 97v

MS 121

MS 121, which was produced in England at the beginning of the fifteenth century, contains a copy of Gregory the Great’s Homilies on the Gospels. Pope Gregory I (d. 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, is most famous for instigating the Gregorian Mission to convert England to Christianity.

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MS 139

MS 139 comprises two originally separate manuscripts. The first manuscript is a copy of Johannes Consobrinus’ De usura, and it was produced in Italy in the late fourteenth century. The second manuscript is a copy of John Felton’s sermons, and it was produced in England in the middle of the fifteenth century.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 141, fol. 1r

MS 141

MS 141 principally contains a copy of Gregory the Great’s Homelia in evangelia. Pope Gregory I (d. 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, is most famous for instigating the Gregorian Mission to convert England to Christianity. MS 141 was produced in England in the fifteenth century.

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Oxford, St John’s College, MS 203, fol. 111v

MS 203

MS 203 comprises four originally separate manuscripts dating from thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, all of which were produced in England. MS 203 includes sermons, sermon notes, and sermon outlines.

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