Book Series Papers in Mediaeval Studies, vol. 34

Studies in the Sacred Page: Encounters with Medieval Manuscripts, Texts, and Exegesis; A Book of Essays in Honour of Lesley Smith

Henrietta Leyser, Robert Sweetman (eds)

  • Pages: ix + 266 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Illustrations:14 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-834-7
  • Hardback
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Henrietta Leyser is an Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford. She shares with Lesley Smith the privilege of having been taught at Oxford by both Beryl Smalley and Richard Southern and many years later of having taught classes of undergraduates together with Lesley. Her main publications are Hermits and the New Monasticism: A Study of Religious Communities in Western Europe, 1000–1150 (1984) and Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England, 450–1500 (1995).

Robert Sweetman holds the H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. He is particularly interested in the interaction of philosophical, theological, pastoral, and mystical modulations of Dominican thought. Currently working to finish a book-length manuscript on the virtues of reason and religion in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, he is also planning out the shape of two further monographs exploring medieval conceptions of love.


This volume of twelve essays aims to honour the career and scholarship of Lesley Smith. The first section begins with two witnesses to Lesley’s excellence as teacher and culminates with an appreciation of her as a scholar. The second section explores the scholarly terrain in which Lesley has made her most signal contributions: the material and cultural sites and artefacts within and by which the Christian Scriptures emerged as a field of theoretical inquiry in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The third and final section explores Latin Christian use of scriptural inquiry and understanding so as to engage scholarly and religious traditions outside those of the Latin Church.


List of Plates • vii
Abbreviations • ix

Robert Sweetman and Henrietta Leyser • Studying the Sacred Page as Encounter with Medieval Text, Exegesis, and Intercultural Exchange: An Introduction • 1

I  Lesley Smith, Scholar and Teacher
Kathryne Beebe • “There is Great Delight in Her Friendship”: A Tribute to Lesley Smith • 12
Gustav Zamore • Duc in altum! In Praise of Lesley Smith • 17
John Van Engen • Lesley Smith: A Scholarly Appreciation • 20

II  Medieval Text and Exegesis
Grover A. Zinn, Jr • Bruno of Würzburg in the Oberlin College Library Special Collections and in the Biblioteca comunale Teresiana, Mantua? • 27
Frans van Liere • The Victorines and the Canon of Scripture • 62
Linda Stone • “A Rich Vein”: Untangling the Twelfth-Century Glosses on the Psalms • 78
† Michael Clanchy • Abelard’s Commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: Its Political and Social Context • 101
E. Ann Matter • Aelred the Exegete: On Jesus at the Age of Twelve as an Interpretation of Luke 2:41–52 • 123
Theresa Gross-Diaz • Psalms and the City: John Halgrin of Abbeville and the Paris Context of a Scholastic Psalms Commentary • 140
Philip D. Krey • Nicholas of Lyra on the Gospel of Luke • 184

III  Medieval Text and Intercultural Exchange
Karl Kinsella • Visual Exegesis at St Victor and Its Jewish Parallels • 203
Brian Fitzgerald • “The Mother of Churches”: Historical Rupture and Renewal in Twelfth-Century Latin-Greek Relations • 223

Publications of Lesley Smith • 248

Contributors • 252
Index of Manuscripts • 257
Index of Medieval Names and Works • 260