Jacobus Anglicus/James the Palmer
(i) Translation from L. Sandler,
Omne Bonum: a fourteenth-century encyclopaedia of universal
knowledge BL MSS Royal 6E VI - 6E VII (2 vols., London, 1996),
I, p. 13.
(ii) Sandler, Omne Bonum, I, pp. 13, 15.
(iii) Bell, ‘A Cistercian at Oxford’, p. 70; Talbot, ‘The English
Cistercians’, pp. 207-209.
(iv) Sandler, Omne Bonum, I, p. 21. Sandler’s argument turns on the equation
of the compiler with the scribe, and the identity of this scribe with James the
Palmer, whose copy of the Gospel Commentary of William of Nottingham is now in
the Bodleian Library, Oxford. James was a cleric who, Sandler argues, was probably
not educated in Oxford or Cambridge, but in London (see esp. pp. 16-19). Sandler
raises some interesting and plausible points, including the identification of
several named persons in the Omne Bonum as exchequer clerics (see pp. 24-25).
She also considers important questions such as whether a clerk of the exchequer
would have the time, interest, means and resources to execute a work of this
size and splendour. Ultimately, the identity of the author remains rather uncertain.
(v) Cited in Sandler, Omne Bonum, I, p. 35.