Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Letters of Adam Marsh

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Letters of Adam Marsh

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The Letters of Adam Marsh, Volume I, ed. and trans. C. H. Lawrence, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006). 1 + 290 pp. ISBN 0-19-928179-3. £75.00. About the condition of the University of Oxford, the help of your wisdom is necessary to obtain a prudent system of government and to settle a disturbance that is impending' (p. 51). These words were written by a don to an influential alumnus not in 2006 but in 1251: they can be found in one of sixty letters addressed by the early Franciscan master Adam Marsh to his confidant, Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln. Such letters - 212 in all, 109 here edited - are Marsh's only literary remains and seem to have been collected by his confreres shordy after his death. Marsh was an exceptionally well-connected academic and his correspondence is an important witness not only to the history of Oxford, but also to Grosseteste's famous showdown with the papal curia at Lyons in 1245 and to the confrontation between Marsh's friend Simon de Montfort and King Henry III in 1252. …

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