Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Brome, Thomas

BROME, THOMAS (d. 1380), Carmelite divine, was brought up in the monastery of his order in London, whence he proceeded to Oxford and attained the degree of master, and also, as it seems, of doctor in divinity. There he seems to have distinguished himself as a preacher. Returning to London, he was made prior of his house, and at a general chapter of the order, held at Cambridge in 1362, was appointed its provincial in England. This office he resigned in 1379, and died in his monastery a year later. Bale (Script. Brit. Cat. vi. 61, p. 486) enumerates his works as follows : 'Lectura Theologiæ ;' 'Encomium Scripturæ Sacræ ;' an exposition 'in Paulum ad Romanes' (also on the preface by St. Jerome to that epistle) ; 'Sermones de Tempore ;' 'Quæstiones variæ.' Another work mentioned by Tanner (Bibl. Brit. p. 130), and entitled 'Lectiones pro inceptione sua Oxonii MCCCLVIII.' (perhaps identical with the 'Encomium' above referred to), is of value as giving the date of Brome's procession to the degree, apparently, of D.D. None of these productions are now known to exist. Brome is probably the Thomas Brunaeus described by Tanner (Bibl. Brit. 132) as a native of Dunbar.

[Leland's Comm. de Script. Brit. cap. dcxviii. p. 375 ; C. de Villiers's Bibliotheca Carmelitana, ii. 807 seq., Orleans, 1752, folio.]

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