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The Svmma Contra Haereticos

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Although the Summa contra haereticos has been known and studied
m the eighteenth century, the name of its author still eludes identifi-
ion. In six of the ten known manuscripts the work is anonymous.
e other manuscripts have three different ascriptions
The first to write about the work or to use it, L. Muratori, C. Molier,2
A. Molinier,3 and J. Guirard,4 knowing it only from the Milan
anuscript, Bibl. Ambrosiana Q. 32 sup.," which gives the work to
Pergamensis," call its author by various forms of that name.
George Lacombe,6 because of the ascription of the work to Praeposi
us in the table of contents of manuscript Douai 434 (I), the state-
ent of William of Auxerre that Praepositinus lived among heretics
r some time and converted some of them,7 and the fact that in manu
ript Turin, Bibl. Naz. D.V.28 the Summa occurs between two equally
onymous collections of sermons which he believes are by Praeposinus,
assigned the work to the earlier career of Praepositinus (or
1) Rerum italicarum scriptores IX (Milan 1726), p. 445; Antiquitates italicae
edii aevi V (Milan 1741) 150-152 (quoted in part by G. Lacombe [below, note
2) "Les passagiens. Etude sur une secte contemporaine des Cathares et des
audoises," Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, inscriptions et belles-lettres de
oulouse, 8e série, 10 (1888) 428-458; "Rapport sur une mission exécutée en Italie
Etude sur quelques manuscripts des bibliothèques d'Italie concernant l'Inquisition
t les croyances hérétiques du XIle et du XIIIe sièclo)," Archives des missions scien-
fiques et littéraires, série 3, 14 (1888) 143-149
I. von Döllinger, Beiträge zur Sektengeschichte des Mittelalters, II: Dokumente
ornehmlich zur Geschichte der Valdester und Katharer (Munich 1890), pp. 874
375 gives a few selections from a Summa contra Catharos G. Bergomensis. His
urce is an unspecified volume of the "Collectio rer. occitan. in biblioth, reg. Paris,"
hich, according to his p. vi, is the Collectio Doat. See below, pp. xxv-xxvi
3) Les sources de thistoire de France III (Paris 1903) p. 62, no. 2420, referring
o C. Molinier, "Rapport," and Muratori, Antiquitates
4) Histoire de l'inquisition au moyen dge I (Paris 1935), p. xxvi. Guiraud inadertently
calls the author “G. Permagensis
5) Described below, pp. xiv-xv. Its incipit: Incipit tractatus C. Pergamensis
ontra Catharos et Passagios.
6) La vie et les oeuvres de Prévostin (Bibliothèque thomiste XI; Paris and Le
Saulchoir 1927), pp. 131-152; "Prévostin," Dictionnaire de théologie catholique
KIII.165-166. The title reported in La vie, p. 182, for the work as found in manu-
script Vat.lat.4304 is not in the manuscript. Lacombe's statement, DTC XIII.166,
that the Milan manuscript stops just before the treatment of the Pasagini begins
is not correct; it ends abruptly within Chapter V.
7) Quoted by Lacombe, La vie, p. 1i, note 2, from William's Summa aurea
(Paris 1500), p. 52. The text was discovered by M. Grabmann, Geschichte der
scholastische Methode II (Freiburg i. B. 1911), p. 553
8) See description of this manuscript, below, p. xxi, no. 10.
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