Between Theory and Practice
Edited By Agnieszka Borysowska and Barbara Milewska-Wazbinska
Early Fifteenth Century Acrostics in the Cistercian Codex from Rudy. Rafał Wójcik
Early Fifteenth Century Acrostics in the Cistercian Codex from Rudy Rafał Wójcik Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań Among medieval manuscripts in Wrocław University Library there is a co- dex with a shelf number I O 101 from a Cistercian monastery at Rudy in Silesia.1 Judging from the colophon on fol. 298r,2 the manuscript seems to have been written around 1427, and includes 305 paper leafs and parch- ment protecting leafs between pages. The codex is rather small in size – 15x10,5 cm.3 Its catalogue record notes the collective title: Liber precum, or, alternatively, Orationale on account of its contents, for the book contains 197 texts that include prayers, songs and hymns, all religious in character. The bulk of the texts is well-known and recorded by Chevalier, Dreves and Walther. The majority of them have been included in repertories and bibli- ographies, many have been published separately. Some have remained anonymous though a great number has been identified in the course of time and their authorship is known to medievalists. The authors include: Thomas Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, bishop Etmund, Conrad of Haimburg, Arnest of Pardubice (Pardubitz), Philippus de Grevia, Pseudo- Bonawentura, Peter Damian, Bede Venerabilis, St. Augustin, St. Bonaven- ture, Pseudo-Ambrose, Udalric Wessofontan (i.e. Ulrich Stöcklin von Rott- ach, himself the author of many acrostics), Hildebert, bishop of Le Mans (episcopus Cenomanensis), Albert of Prague, Hermann Joseph and St. Anselm (of Canterbury). Polish contribution to the codex is Oratio de sancto Stanislao with the incipit O flos...
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