Anger in Thomas of Ireland's Manipulus florum and in Five Texts for Preachers

  • Marc B. Cels


The article questions the conventional classification of Thomas of Ireland's medieval Latin florilegium, the Manipulus florum, as a manual for common preaching by comparing its entry on anger with corresponding entries in five texts for preachers: William Peraldus's Summa de vitiis, the Distinctiones Mauritii, Gilbert of Tournai's Liber Pharetrae, Bartholomew of Pisa's De documenta antiquorum, and the Tractatus moralis de oculo by Peter of Limoges.  Drawing on traditional commonplaces, these texts for composing sermons consistently warn a broad audience against the dangers of wrath. The Manipulus florum provides a more nuanced analysis of the emotion and legitimizes the zealous anger of those authorized to correct. Thomas's entry on anger seems better suited for edifying students preparing for an ecclesiastical career involving the correction of others.
How to Cite
Cels, M. B. (2012). Anger in Thomas of Ireland’s Manipulus florum and in Five Texts for Preachers. Florilegium, 29, 147 - 170. Retrieved from