Notes from the School of William de Montibus / Collecta ex diuersis auditis in scola magistri Willelmi de Monte Toronto Medieval Latin Texts
Edited from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 860 by ANDREW N.J. DUNNING
TMLT 33. x, 122 pp. 2016. ISBN 978-0-88844-483-7 • Paper • $17.95
Preserved in a single manuscript from the abbey library of Bury St Edmunds, and here edited for the first time, Samuel Presbiter’s series of short, extensively annotated poems offers a rare record of one of the innovative formats that medieval schoolmasters used to engage students beyond conventional lectures. The text affords the reader a vivid experience of immersion in the pedagogical techniques of the twelfth-century classroom. The poems and commentary present key lessons from the doctrinal instruction of William de Montibus (c. 1140–1213), the beloved master of the school of Lincoln Cathedral.