Gilbertus Universalis GLOSSA ORDINARIA IN LAMENTATIONES by Alexander Andree

By Alexander Andree

The Glossa ordinaria at the bible stands as one of many best achievements of the interval in western highbrow historical past referred to as the Renaissance of the 12th century. even with the good variety of nonetheless extant manuscripts little or no is understood in regards to the conditions round its composition. This situation is in part defined via the inability of contemporary severe variation of the Glossa Ordinaria. the current paintings is the 1st serious version of the Glossa ordinaria at the ebook of Lamentations, and comprises the forewords, or prothemata, and the 1st booklet (of 5) of this article, which was once compiled early within the 12th century through the theologian and Ciceronian rhetorician Gilbert the common schoolmaster at Auxerre and consequently Bishop of London.

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13 39 I N T RO D U C T I O N a matter of fact, this was a royal victory, as the English King, Henry I (‘Beauclerc’), supported William of Corbeil against York. Thus, at the Curia, in exchanging his loyalties from York to Canterbury, Gilbert rendered the King a service. 21 In the Auxerre obituary, in the entry for 12 August, he is described as venerabilis memorie magister Gislebertus, veteris et novi Testamenti glosator eximius, qui universalis merito est appellatus, hujus ecclesie canonicus. 2 GLOSATOR EXIMIUS This brings us to the issue of his biblical scholarship.

112 Where in earlier books of the Gloss the central Bible text was first copied throughout the entire codex and interlinear and marginal glosses supplied thereafter, now each page came to be planned and copied as a unit, with such characteristic features as the varying biblical text column and marginal glosses in split columns very often continuing onto the following page, tied to each other by elaborate signes-de-renvoi. This ‘alternate-line’ method113 enabled different scriptoria to produce almost identical codices, with the same amount of writing and the same planning of each page.

Gilbert expanded Anselm’s Gloss on the Epistles of St Paul and the Psalms, which work he humbly read before Master Anselm, ‘causa emendationis’, and which was to become known as the media glosatura. 104 In his slightly later Liber quatuor sententiarum, which eventually became the standard manual of theology and remained such for centuries, Peter made use both of his own magna glosatura and of the Glossa ordinaria,105 which was of course of great importance in the ‘canonising’ of the latter as a standard text-book of exegesis.

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