Persuasion

Fragments of Sermons Attributed to Saint Augustine
Pseudo-Augustine, Fragments of Sermons Attributed to Saint Augustine, late 10th century.

Persuasion, whether internal to a religious tradition or more outward looking, motivated many books and pamphlets. Here we show two medieval manuscripts concerning right Christian doctrine, two items that concern missions to the Indians of America, and a unique Welsh catechism created to counter the English Reformation.

____________________________________________________

The library acquired this manuscript because a member of the board of trustees found for sale online a book whose binding appeared to contain manuscript fragments. Staff and scholars determined that they were two late tenth-century sermons erroneously attributed to Augustine. [Essay 116]

Pseudo-Augustine
Fragments of Sermons Attributed to Saint Augustine
Bern, Switzerland, late tenth century
Gift of Roger Baskes, 2003
Pre-1500 MS 200

<em>Principia in Sacrum Scripturam</em>
Pierre Jean Olivi, Principia in Sacrum Scripturam, 1300-1350.

Condemned by the Church in 1299, most of Pierre-Jean Olivi’s writings were burned. This manuscript probably survived because it was used by the authorities who censored him. It is a recent example of the library’s joint acquisition program with partner universities. [Essay 117]

Pierre-Jean Olivi
Principia in sacram Scripturam
[Foundations of Holy Scripture]
Southern France, c. 1325
Purchased jointly with the University of Notre Dame; gifts of William and Joan Brodsky and the B. H. Breslauer Foundation, 2011
VAULT folio Case MS 217

<em>Siguense veynte y seis addiciones desta postilla</em>
Bernardino de Sahagún, Siguense veynte y seis addiciones desta postilla, [1560]-1579.

The Franciscan Bernardino de Sahagún arrived in New Spain in 1529 to begin what would be a 61-year missionary career. Elsewhere he meticulously gathered and preserved information about the Aztecs, which makes him one of the most important figures for studying Mexico’s indigenous peoples. [Essay 17]

Bernardino de Sahagún
Siguense veynte y seis addiciones desta Postilla
[A sequence of twenty-six additions to the Admonitions]
Mexico, 1560–1579
Gift of Edward E. Ayer, 1911
VAULT Ayer MS 1486

<em>Athravaeth Gristnogavl, ḷe cair ụedi cynnụys yn grynno&rsquo;r hoḷ brifbynciau syḍ i gyfarụyḍo dyn ar y phorḍ i baradụys ...</em>
Morys Clynnog, Athravaeth Gristnogavl,..., 1568.

This Welsh-language catechism, the only known copy, was an attempt by Catholic leaders in Italy to limit the Protestant Reformation in the British Isles. [Essay 121]

Morys Clynnog
Athravaeth Gristnogavl, Ḷe cair edi cynnys yn grynno‘r hol
̣  brifbynciau sy i gyfaryo dyn ar y phor i baradys. [Christian doctrine]
Milan: Vincenzo Girardoni, 1568
Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte Collection, 1901
Bonaparte 7924

<em>A true history of the captivity &amp; restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, a minister&rsquo;s wife in New-England: wherein is set forth, the cruel and inhumane usage she underwent amongst the heathens, for eleven weeks time: and her deliverance from them</em>
Mary White Rowlandson, A true history of the captivity & restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson..., 1682.

Mary Rowlandson’s narrative of her capture by Indians in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1675 is the first Indian captivity story. This is the rare London first edition. [Essay 2]

Mary White Rowlandson
A True History of the Captivity & Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
, a minister's wife in New England: wherein is set forth, the cruel and inhumane usage she underwent amongst the heathens, for eleven weeks time: and her deliverance from them
London, 1682
Gift of Rudy L. Ruggles, 1985
VAULT Ruggles 303