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Report No. a486

Robertus Grossetestus

1168/69–1253

 

Alternative Names

Grosseteste, Robert (LC); Robert Grosseteste; Roberto Grosseteste; Robertus Lincolniensis; Robertus Grossatesta; Robert Grostete; Rubertus Linconiensis

 

Biography/Description

Professor of theology at Oxford since the early 1220s and later bishop of Lincoln (1235–53); the author not only of significant theological and philosophical writings, but also of penitential literature. These works were the outcome in part of his teaching activities, in part of his administrative duties as a bishop.

 

Text(s)

 
No. 1

Confessio generalis. (on penance only).

 
No. 2

De confessione. (Deus est quo nichil melius).

 
No. 3

De modo confitendi. (Ad primum dicat sacerdos).

 
No. 4

Tractatus de confessione. (Notus in Judaea).

 

Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Confessio generalis.

 
Modern Editions

Only a medieval French version of the treatise has survived. See H. Urtel, ‘Eine altfranzösische Beichte’, Zeitschrift für Romanische Philologie 33 (1909) 571–75.

 

Literature

N. Bennett, ‘“The Face of One Making for Jerusalem”: The Chapter of Lincoln During the Episcopate of Robert Grosseteste’, in Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral: Tracing Relationships between Medieval Concepts of Order and Built Form, N. Temple, J. Hendrix, and C. Frost, ed. (Farnham 2014) 17–28.

P. Hoskin, ‘Robert Grosseteste and the Simple Benefice: A Novel Solution to the Complexities of Lay Presentation’, Journal of Medieval History 40 (2014) 24–43.

M. Dunne, ‘The Ten Commandments of the Lord: An Edition and English Translation of Robert Grosseteste’s Sermon 86’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 294–315.

Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu: New Editions and Studies, J. Flood, J. Ginther, and J. Goering, ed. (Toronto 2013).

M. Holland, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Translation of John of Damascus’s The Dialogue of the Christian and the Saracen: An Edition and English Translation’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 248–293.

E. Laird, ‘Robert Grosseteste, Ptolemy, and Christian Knowledge’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 131–152.

M. Lebech and J. McEvoy, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Understanding of Human Dignity’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 34–63.

N. Lewis, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s On Light: An English Translation’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 239–247.

J. Long, ‘Adam’s Rib: A Test Case for Natural Philosophy in Grosseteste, Fishacre, Rufus, and Kilwardy’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 153–164.

J. McEvoy, ‘Robert Grosseteste as Spiritual Guide’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 87–101.

C. Panti, ‘Robert Grosseteste and Adam of Exeter’s Physics of Light: Remarks on Transmission, Authenticity, and Chronology of Grosseteste’s Scientific Opuscula’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 165–190.

C. Panti, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s De luce: A Critical Edition’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 193–238.

M. Robson, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Two Sermons to the Friars Minor in Commendation of Evangelical Poverty’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 102–127.

J. Goering, ‘Robert Grosseteste’s Dicta: The State of the Question’, in Robert Grosseteste and His Intellectual Milieu (2013) 64–86.

J. Goering, ‘The Internal Forum and the Literature of Penance and Confession’, in The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140–1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, W. Hartmann and K. Pennington, ed. (History of Medieval Canon Law 6; Washington DC 2008) 393, 420–21.

S. Marrone, ‘Grosseteste, Robert’, in DMA (1985) 6.1–2.

S. Gieben, ‘Bibliographia universa Roberti Grosseteste ab an. 1473 ad an. 1969’, Collectanea Franciscana 39 (1969).

S. Thomson, The Writings of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1235–1253 (Cambridge 1940).