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Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu
New Editions and Studies

J. Flood, J. R. Ginther, J. W. Goering (eds.)
XIV+430 p., 150 x 230 mm, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-88844-824-8
Languages: English
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This volume contains fourteen papers on the works and intellectual context of Robert Grosseteste, bishop, philosopher, and theologian, including new editions and English translations of Grosseteste’s De luce, his Latin translation of John of Damascus, and his Sermon 86.

Table of Contents

J. R. Ginther, Introduction

Part One: Grosseteste as Theologian and Philosopher

N. Lewis, Libertas arbitrii in Robert Grosseteste’s De libero arbitrio

M. Lebech – J. McEvoy†, Robert Grosseteste’s Understanding of Human Dignity

J. W. Goering, Robert Grosseteste’s Dicta. The State of the Question

J. McEvoy†, Robert Grosseteste as Spiritual Guide

M. Robson, OFM Conv., Robert Grosseteste’s Two Sermons to the Friars Minor in Commendation of Evangelical Poverty

Part Two: Grosseteste’s Intellectual Context

E. Laird, Robert Grosseteste, Ptolemy, and Christian Knowledge

R. J. Long, Adam’s Rib. A Test Case for Natural Philosophy in Grosseteste, Fishacre, Rufus, and Kilwardby

C. Panti, Robert Grosseteste and Adam of Exeter’s Physics of Light. Remarks on the Transmission, Authenticity, and Chronology of Grosseteste’s Scientific Opuscula

Part Three: Texts and Translations

C. Panti, Robert Grosseteste’s De luce. An English Translation

M. Holland, Robert Grosseteste’s Translation of John of Damascus’s The Dialogue of the Christian and the Saracen. An Edition and English Translation

M. W. Dunne, "The Ten Commandments of the Lord". An Edition and English Translation of Robert Grosseteste’s Sermon 86

Part Four: Grosseteste’s Afterlives

J. Flood – J. McEvoy†, Romanorum malleus et contemptor. Confessional Identity and the Early Modern Reputation of Robert Grosseteste

Bibliography / Index


One of the major challenges facing medieval scholars is the dearth of critical editions of key texts. Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu goes a long way towards remedying this situation, providing an excellent Latin edition and translation of De luce, among others. Better yet, it does so in a setting of essays that illuminate the true extent of Grosseteste’s influence both in his own time and into the early modern period. Addressing such diverse topics as free will, human dignity, evangelical poverty, and natural philosophy, the contributors to this volume – among the very best in the field – present a variety of philosophical, theological, and historical perspectives that broaden and enhance the ‘received wisdom’ about the Bishop of Lincoln. Medievalists and Grosseteste specialists alike will appreciate the welcome addition to our understanding of this major figure.

Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)

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