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Meditationes vitae Christi (Giovanni de Cauli?), ca. 1478

Pseudo-Bonaventure (Latin: Pseudo-Bonaventura) is the name given to the authors of a number of medieval devotional works which were believed at the time to be the work of Bonaventure: "It would almost seem as if 'Bonaventura' came to be regarded as a convenient label for a certain type of text, rather than an assertion of authorship".[1] Since it is clear a number of actual authors are involved, the term "Pseudo-Bonaventuran" is often used. Many works now have other attributions of authorship which are generally accepted, but the most famous, the Meditations on the Life of Christ, remains usually described only as a work of Pseudo-Bonaventure.

Other works[edit]

  • Biblia pauperum ("Poor Man's Bible" – a title only given in the 20th century) a short typological version of the Bible, also extremely popular, and often illustrated. There were different versions of this, the original perhaps by the Dominican Nicholas of Hanapis.
  • Speculum Beatæ Mariæ Virginis by Conrad of Saxony
  • Speculum Disciplinæ, Epistola ad Quendam Novitium and Centiloquium, all probably by Bonanventura's secretary, Bernard of Besse
  • Legend of Saint Clare
  • Theologia Mystica, probably by Hugh of Balma.
  • Philomena, a poem now attributed to John Peckham, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1279 to 1292.
  • Psalterium majus Beatissimae Mariae Virginis, a reworking of the 150 Psalms of the Latin Psalter into prayers to the Virgin Mary.


Further reading[edit]

  • Lawrence F. Hundersmarck: The Use of Imagination, Emotion, and the Will in a Medieval Classic: The Meditaciones Vite Christi. In: Logos 6,2 (2003), S. 46–62
  • Sarah McNamer: Further evidence for the date of the Pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes vitæ Christi. In: Franciscan Studies, Bd. 10, Jg. 28 (1990), S. 235–261