Robert Grosseteste Criticism - Essay

Francis Seymour Stevenson (essay date 1899)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Stevenson, Francis Seymour. “Chapter X: 1239-1244.” In Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln: A Contribution to the Religious, Political, and Intellectual History of the Thirteenth Century, pp. 223-40. New York: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1899.

[In the following essay, Stevenson discusses Grosseteste's literary and academic activities between 1239 and 1244, including his efforts in promoting the revival of learning, his translations of The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, and other writings.]

It might have been thought that Grosseteste's time, during the period which elapsed between 1239 and 1244, would have been so fully occupied with the...

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Jean Dunbabin (essay date 1972)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Dunbabin, Jean. “Robert Grosseteste as Translator, Transmitter, and Commentator: The Nichomachean Ethics.” Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought, and Religion 28 (1972): 460-72.

[In the following essay, Dunbabin examines Grosseteste's translation of the Nichomachean Ethics, commenting on its accuracy, range of scholarship, clarity, logical precision, and philosophical skill, and lauding it as an example of the foundation Grosseteste laid for future commentators on Aristotle's work.]

Because Robert Grosseteste's translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is now seen as having provided the framework for a dynamic...

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Kevin M. Purday (essay date October 1976)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Purday, Kevin M. “The Diffinicio Eucariste of Robert Grosseteste.” Journal of Theological Studies 27, no. 2 (October 1976): 381-90.

[In the following essay, Purday discusses the theological issues described in the Diffinicio Eucaristie,, arguing that the work, whose authorship has been under dispute, should be attributed to Grosseteste.]

The philosophical and scientific works of Robert Grosseteste, first chancellor of Oxford University and Bishop of Lincoln from 1235 until his death in 1253, have in recent decades received considerable attention.1 His theological works, however, have been somewhat neglected. Edward Brown published...

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G. R. Evans (essay date December 1983)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Evans, G. R. “The ‘Conclusiones’ of Robert Grosseteste's Commentary on the Posterior Analytics.” Studi Medievali 24, no. 2 (December 1983): 729-34.

[In the following essay, Evans remarks on the clarity of the demonstrative style used by Grosseteste in his commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, noting that Grosseteste points out the conclusiones, or principles of demonstrative science, as they emerge from the philosopher's work.]

In the middle of the twelfth century Thierry of Chartres made a collection of all the textbooks of the seven liberal arts of which he was able to obtain copies. He was able to include all the works...

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Steven P. Marrone (essay date 1983)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Marrone, Steven P. “Truth in Simple Knowledge according to Grosseteste's Early Works.” In William of Auvergne and Robert Grosseteste, pp. 144-56. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1983.

[In the following essay, Marrone examines Grosseteste's early theological treatises, arguing that they offer insights into Grosseteste's later views, particularly regarding his ideas about truth as a simple quality, and the scientific ideal of knowledge as it evolved in his work.]

The theological treaties of Grosseteste's early years represented a less elaborate and complete investigation of the problem of truth than was to be found in his commentaries on...

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M. de Jonge (essay date April 1991)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: De Jonge, M. “Robert Grosseteste and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.Journal of Theological Studies 42, Part I (April 1991): 115-25.

[In the following essay, de Jonge explores the reasons for Grosseteste's interest in the Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, also speculating on why the text was considered so significant by his contemporaries.]


This article is devoted to the introduction of the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs in the West by Robert Grosseteste, who had it brought from Greece to England and translated it into Latin in 1242.

Modern scholars number the...

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James McEvoy (essay date January-December 1991)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: McEvoy, James. “Robert Grosseteste on the Ten Commandments.” Recherches de Theologie Ancienne et Medievale 58 (January-December 1991): 167-205.

[In the following essay, McEvoy argues that Grosseteste's popular treatise on the decalogue was written for a well-educated clerical public; that its most notable doctrinal theme is Christian love; and that it comments favorably on the structure of feudal society while also pointing out and castigating abuses within that system.]

The treatise of Grosseteste on the decalogue bore in medieval times a number of titles: de decem preceptis; de mandatis; summa de decem mandatis; de dileccione et...

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Richard William Southern (essay date 1992)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Southern, Richard William. “The Grosseteste Problem.” In Robert Grosseteste: The Growth of an English Mind in Medieval Europe, pp. 3-25. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.

[In the following essay, Southern examines contrasting interpretations of Grosseteste's ideas, demonstrating how commentators perceive Grosseteste as both a moderate figure representative of papal reform and an eccentric extremist.]


The thoughts and actions of all notable historical characters offer grounds for wide differences of interpretation. But Robert Grosseteste offers more grounds, and has been the subject of more widely contrasting...

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