Isidore of Seville, Regula

Regula Isidori

CPL 1868

Incipit: Plura sunt praecepta vel instituta maiorum...

In the Codex Regularum the text is supplemented by two short texts:
Sententia de regula devotarum (PL 103, col. 555)
Concilii Spalense capitulo XLIIII era L (=Second Council of Seville (619), ch. 11, ed. Vives, Concilios Visigoticos, pp. 170-17) - image.

Editions:
  • Holstenius, Lucas and Marianus Brockie, Codex Regularum, Augusburg 1759, pp. 188-197, online.
  • Patrologia Latina, vol. 83, col. 867-894.
  • Campos Ruiz, Julio, San Leandro, San Isidro, San Fructuoso. Reglas monásticas de la España visigoda, Madrid 1971, pp. 79-125.

Translation:

  • Frank, Karl Suso, Hispanische Klosterregeln. Leander von Sevilla: Brief und Regel für Florentina, Isidor von Sevilla: Mönchsregel, St. Ottilien: Eos Verlag 2011.

Manuscripts:

Cologne, Stadtbibliothek W 231 A.D. 1465-1467   fol. 80-87v direct copy of MS M catalogue; image from microfilm
Durham, Cathedral Library B.III.8 s. XIV fol. 215-220 Ms D      Hill Manuscript Library
El Escorial a.I.13
s. X
fol. 41-50v
Ms E
catalogue
El Escorial a.I.13

s. X

fol. 32-33

Ms e
ch. 4, 17 and 20 inserted
into the Regula Benedicti
London, British Library Add. 30055
s. X
fol. 219-223
Ms L
beginning - ch. 3
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional 4330 s. XV fol. 201
fragment from ch. 12.4
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 28118
s. IX in
fol. 93-110v
Ms M
digital image
Paris, BN lat. 10876 s. IX pp. 2-47 Ms Pr
catalogue
Paris, BN lat. 13090
s. XII fol. 45/52v-53 Ms Ps catalogue;  only fragments
Roma, Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina 97



Valenciennes, Bibl. publ. 288 (278) s. IX fol. 88-105 Ms V
microfilm on library website

Literature:
  • Allies, Neil, ‘Re-evaluating monastic rules: style and literary purpose in the rule of Isidore’, in: Downside Review 128: 450 (2010), pp. 1-18.
  • Allies, Neil, ‘The Sermo Plebeius and the Spoken Language in the Monastic Rule of Isidore of Seville’ in: L. Bleach u.a. (ed.), In Search of the Medieval Voice: Expressions of Identity in the Middle Ages, Newcastle: CSP 2009, pp. 3-18.
  • Campos, J., ‘La “regula monachorum” de San Isidoro y su lengua’, in: Helmantica 37 (1961), pp. 62-101.
  • Díaz y Díaz, Manuel C., ‘Aspectos de la tradicio’n de la Regula Isidori’, in: Studia Monastica 5 (1963), pp. 27-57.
  • Díaz y Díaz, Manuel C., ‘El manuscrito de Lérins de la Regula Isidori’, in: Studia Monastica 7 (1965), pp. 365-382.
  • Díaz, Pablo C., ‘Espacio real / espacio imaginado en los monasterios isidorianos’, in: J. López Quiroga, Am M. Martínez und J. Morín (ed.), Monasteria et Territoria. Elites, edilicia y territorio en el Mediterráneo medieval (siglos V-XI), Oxford 2007 (BAR International Series, vol. S1720), pp. 77-90.
  • Martín, Jose Carlos, ‘Un nuevo manuscrito de la Regula monachorum (CPL 1868) de Isidoro de Sevilla: Roma, BU Alessandrina, 97’, in: Scriptorium 62:1 (2008), pp. 108-112.
Text of the Sententia de regula devotarum (PL 103, col. 555):

Nemo ad eas vadat visitandas, nisi qui habet ibi matrem, vel sororem, aut filiam, et propinquas, et consobrinas, sive matrem filiorum suorum. Si autem necessitas fuerit, ut videant eas, aut, antequam renuntiarent saeculo, et intrarent in monasterio, paterna eis debetur auctoritas, aut aliqua causa manifesta est; mittent cum his probatae virum aetatis ac vitae, videbunt eas, et pariter revertentur. Nemo vadat ad illas, nisi quos supradiximus. Si eas videre voluerint, primum faciant nuntiari Patri monasterii, et ille mittet ad seniores, qui ad monasterium virginum delegati sunt. Qui occurrunt eis, et cum ipsis videbunt, quas necesse habuerint, cum omni disciplina et timore Dei. Cumque eas viderint, non eis loquentur de rebus saecularibus. Quicunque de his mandatis praeterierit, absque ulla retractatione negligentiae atque contemptus aget publice poenitentiam, ut possidere valeamus regna coelorum.