Book Series Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis, vol. 312

Iacobus de Altavilla

Lectura in libros Sententiarum I

Principium, Questiones 1-6

Monica Brinzei, Chris Schabel (eds)

  • Pages: cxxxii + 376 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Illustrations:6 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):Latin, English
  • Publication Year:2024

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60725-2
  • Hardback
  • Available

The first critical edition of any major theological work by a Cistercian in a university context.


Chris Schabel, former Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cyprus, is currently associated researcher at the CNRS (IRHT, Aubervilliers). His publications focus on the Latin East, Greek-Latin intellectual relations, and later-medieval intellectual history.

Monica Brinzei is Directrice de recherche at the CNRS (IRHT, Aubervilliers), principal investigator of the ERC projects THESIS (2012-2018) and DEBATE (2018-2024), and leader of the French team of the Horizon 2020 project RESTORY (2024-2026). She specializes in the history of later-medieval universities.

From Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca: Dr. Alexandra Anisie (researcher in the ERC-NOTA project), Dr. Alexandra Baneu (PI of ERC Nota project and researcher at the Romanian Academy), Prof. Alexander Baumgarten, Dr. Luciana Cioca, Dr. Daniel Coman, Dr. Ioana Curuţ (MSCA Seal of Excellence-RABY project), Dr. Andrei Marinca (Lecturer), Dr. Madalina Pantea (researcher in the ERC-NOTA), all of them previously team members in the ERC THESIS project, explore via their studies, editions, and translations the tradition of the Sentences in the fourteenth and fifteen centuries.


This is the first critical edition of a major theological work by a Cistercian from a medieval university: the questions on book I of the Sentences by James of Eltville (Jacobus de Altavilla, d. 1392), monk and later abbot of the majestic Eberbach Abbey, the filming location of many of the scenes in The Name of the Rose. The product of bachelor lectures delivered in 1369-1370 at the magnificent Bernardins in Paris just south of Notre-Dame across the Seine, James' Lectura in libros Sententiarum survives in almost two dozen manuscripts. Based on a complete collation of all the witnesses, the editio princeps provides access to a text that illuminates a relatively dark period in the history of scholasticism, portrays the status quaestionis on many issues in philosophical theology between the Black Death and the Great Schism, and illustrates the importance of later-medieval Cistercian theologians and their symbiotic relationship with the Augustinian Hermits who dominated the field from the 1330s to the 1370s. Through the exodus of German scholars from Paris after the outbreak of the Schism, James of Eltville's ideas spread to the new faculties of theology founded in Germanic lands where they exerted a profound influence.



I. Biographical Note
II. Context of the Edition
III. Sigla of the Manuscripts
IV. Description of the Manuscripts
V. Tabula quaestionum
VI. Chart of Manuscripts and Questions of Book I
VII. Stemmatic Discussion and ratio edendi


Primary Sources
Secondary Literature

Iacobi de Altavilla Lectura In Libros Sententiarum

Principium: Utrum Deus ad quamlibet speciem entis creabilis se habens distanter infinite in aliqua specie intellectuali a nobis nominari possit quidditative
Questio 1 (Questio 1 Prologi): Utrum veritates theologice scientie contrarientur seu repugnent veritatibus principiorum naturalis luminis et sensualis experientie
Questio 2 (Questio 2 Prologi): Utrum studens in Sacra Scriptura non credens sicut sancta credit Ecclesia erret
Questio 3 (Questio 1 distinctionis 1 libri 1): Utrum pro studio sacre theologie ex caritate procedente debeatur pro mercede visio Dei et eius fruitio
Questio 4 (Questio 2 distinctionis 1 libri 1): Utrum inter creature totius usum et Dei solius fruitionem licitum sit rationali creature facere aliquo modo commutationem
Questio 5 (Questio un. distinctionis 2 libri 1): Utrum creatura rationalis viatrix vel beata infallibilem habere possit notitiam de divina essentia
Questio 6 (Questio 1 distinctionum 2-3 libri 1): Utrum in entibus fore unum primum seu Deum unicum possit a viatore efficaciter esse scitum


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