Congratulations to Andrew Dunning (CMS 2016) for his new book!

Andrew Dunning, Samuel Presbiter. Notes from the School of William de Montibus, edited from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 860, Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, Toronto: PIMS, 2016.


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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.