A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

Merton College MS. 113

Former shelfmark: N. 2. 11



Language(s): Latin

fols. iv-ii blank.

1. (fols. 1–106)
ROBERT HOLCOT OP, Opus Quaestionum super Sententias
Rubric: Holcot super sentencias
Incipit: Vtrum quilibet uiator existens in gratia assentiendo articulis fidei mereatur uitam eternam
Explicit: superius dictum est dicendum ad questionem et sic est finis 3. libri.

A list of the quaestiones follows on fol. 106rv.

pr. Lyon 1497, 1518 / repr. Frankfurt 1967; Stegmüller, Sent. 737; Kaeppeli 3499; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 555–6.

2. (fols. 107–16; 116v blank)
Rubric: Vtrum prescitus sicut et predestinatus faciens fructus bonos eterne uite meritorios possit decedere finaliter cum eisdem.
Incipit: Istud dubium duo tangit, primum an facere fructus bonos eterne uite
Explicit: non repugnarent hominis libertati uirtualiter inquisiuit &c.

Attrib. to Holcot by Bale (Appendix C, no. 44), citing this copy, probably only because it follows art. 1.

3. (fols. 117–28v)
ALAIN DE LILLE, De Planctu Naturae
Incipit: In lacrimis risus in luctus gaudia uerto
Explicit: in sompno prior mistice apparicionis dereliquit aspectus.
Final rubric: [In another hand] Explicit enchiridion Alani minimi capelle de conquestione nature.

ed. N. Häring, Studi Medievali, 3rd ser., 19 (1978), 797–879.

4. (fols. 129–41v)
Incipit: Quia inter sillabarum accentus maxime uidetur pro sacre scripture congrua seu debita expressione
Explicit: (Vanum) ut casura in ipsis.
Final rubric: Explicit accentarius scriptus anno Domini m.ccc.lxxvii. Cade.

Bursill-Hall, no. 197. 2.

Followed on fols. 141v-2 by short notes on grammar:

Incipit: Quot significaciones habent usquequo patet per uersum
Explicit: ingratis diccionibus et barbaris

fol. 142v blank.

5. (fols. 143–217v)
RICHARD FITZRALPH, De Pauperie Saluatoris
Incipit: Sanctissimo in Christo patri ac domino karissimo meo Innocencio sexto
Incipit: Benedictus Clemens VI sui regiminis anno viii
Rubric: Incipit liber Ricardi archiepiscopi Armachani Hibernie primatis de pauperie Saluatoris.
Incipit: Iohannes. Quia circa rerum propter hominem creatarum inferius
Explicit: totum retinens quod delectat qui semper es benedictus in s. s. amen.

I-IV ed. R. L. Poole, appendix to Wyclif, De Dominio Diuino (Wyclif Soc., 1890), pp. 263–4; V-VII ed. R. O. Brock, PhD diss. (University of Colorado, 1954); VIII unpr.; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 479, listing six copies, not this one. Followed by an index, arranged in six ‘sermones’, the last titled ‘sermonis annunciationis’, fols. 217v-18v.

6. (fols. 218v-33; 233v-7v, 238v blank)
ANON., Quaestio de Dilectione Dei
Incipit: Vtrum solus Deus sit a quacumque rationali creatura super omnia supreme diligendus
Explicit: quod non sequitur ratione forme uel materie.

A brief note, c. 1500, trimmed by the binder, at the head of fol. 238.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: firmius alio
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 240 leaves (ii + 238)
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 230–50 × 150–70 mm.
The edges retrimmed with occasional loss of marginalia and stained red.


A bifolium, 1–712, 810, 912, 1010, 11–1212, a bifolium, 13–2012; catchwords; quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Frame-ruled with crayon in 2 cols; written in c. 50–55 lines.


Several proficient anglicana hands of varying degrees of formality. Cade writes art. 4 in a low-grade bookhand influenced by anglicana.


Blue initials flourished in red, on fol. 1 with a partial border in the colours; red or blue paraphs; underlining in red. Decoration ceases from fol. 227.


Standard Merton s. xvii; sewn on five bands; formerly chained from the usual position. fols. i and 238 were formerly pastedowns. At the foot of fol. 238 is the mark of the large iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIV ex. (part 1377) ; script of English appearance

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. i, upside down, ‘Iste liber legatur collegio de Merton Halle a magistro Iohanne Rysborw quondam socio eiusdem domus cuius anime propicietur Deus amen.’ The inscription is repeated on fol. iiv, in a hand of s. xvii. Risborough (BRUO 1577–8) was fellow in 1373, until 1397.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with ‘D. 5, 12’ (canc.) and a table of contents, s. xvii, and ‘O. 1. 7. Art:’ canc. in pencil and replaced with ‘N. 2. 11’. Another hand writes ‘(In Coxe’s Catal. MS. Merton CXIII)’.

Record Sources

R. M. Thomson, A descriptive catalogue of the medieval manuscripts of Merton College, Oxford (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer), 2009.


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Merton College Library.


    Coxe, p. 53; Powicke, no. 575.

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Warden and Fellows of Merton College .

Last Substantive Revision

2019-05-29: First online publication

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