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Merton College MS. 127

Former shelfmark: H. 2. 11

EUSEBIUS &c.; S. XIV in.


Language(s): Latin

fols. iv, v blank.

(fol. ivv)
Table of contents, s. xiv ex.
1. (fols. 1–95)
EUSEBIUS, Historia Ecclesiastica (transl. RUFINUS)
Rubric: Prohemium Rufini presbiteri in ecclesiasticam historiam
Incipit: (prologue) ⟨P⟩eritorum dicunt esse medicorum ubi imminere urbibus
(capitula) (fol. 3v, Rufinus’ prologue again; an early hand has written ‘va—cat’)
Rubric: Incipit prologus Eusebii Cesariensis episcopi.
Incipit: ⟨S⟩uccessiones sanctorum apostolorum et tempora qui a Saluatore nostro
Explicit: cum piissimis principibus perceptura meritorum.
Final rubric: Expliciunt undecim libri hystoriarum ecclesiasticarum

CPG 3495; ed. T. Mommsen, GCS 9 (1903–9).

2. (fols. 95–9; 99v blank)
ROBERT GROSSETESTE, Memorandum to Pope Innocent IV, 13 May 1250
Rubric: Grosteste ad papam Innocentium quartum.
Incipit: ⟨A⟩nno domini millesimo CCL III idus Maii apud Lugdunum uenerabilis pater Robertus Lincoln’ episcopus in presencia domini pape Innocencii quarti
Incipit: ⟨D⟩ominus noster Iesus Christus eternus eterni Dei Patris Filius de secretissimo sinu summi Dei Patris
Explicit: extremo est attemptatum.

The first of the dossier of eight documents concerning Bishop Robert Grosseteste’s dealings with the pope at Lyons in 1250: ed. S. Gieben, ‘Robert Grosseteste at the papal curia, Lyons 1250: edition of the documents’, Collectanea Franciscana 41 (1971), 340–93, at 350–69, not knowing of this copy; Thomson, Grosseteste, pp. 141–7; J. Goering, ‘Robert Grosseteste at the papal curia’, in J. Brown and W. P. Stoneman (eds.), A Distinct Voice: Medieval Studies in Honor of Leonard E. Boyle (Notre Dame IND, 1997), pp. 253–76.

3. (fols. 100–217v, 217v-19; 219v blank)
JEAN HAUTFUNEY, Indexes to VINCENT OF BEAUVAIS, Speculum Historiale
Rubric: Incipit tabula speculi hystorialis
Incipit: ⟨A⟩aron conflat uitulum aureum
Explicit: Zosimus ecclesie ratione presidet et cereum pascha. Explicit tabula prima.
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩uoniam in principali tabula precedenti multa dicta notabilia
Explicit: Iacobus de Victriaco x. et sequentibus usque ad li. Explicit secunda tabula.

An alphabetical subject index, followed by a list of Vincent's sources.

Ed. M. Paulmier, Spicae 2 (1980), 43–263, 3 (1981), 11–208; Kaeppeli 3995. The work was compiled c. 1320.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (table) Qui sub eodem
Secundo Folio: (fol. 4) saluatoris
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 227 leaves (v + 222)
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 155 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A bifolium at each end, 110, 2–812, 96(6 canc.), 1010, 11–1912; catchwords.


Frame-ruled with pencil in 2 cols; written in c. 42 lines.


A single proficient cursive hand, probably French, ‘chamfering’ the bottom outer corners of the written space.


None: unfilled spaces for coloured initials and rubrics.


s. xix, sewn on five bands; fols. i-iii, 220–2 are blank paper endleaves. fol. iv, a pastedown in an earlier binding, has the marks of two foredge straps.


Origin: S. XIV in ; Script probably of French appearance.

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. 1, cropped by the binder, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton Oxon ex legato m. Ioh. Stauele’. For Staveley, d. soon after 1349, see MS 81. UO47. 11, ‘in libraria’.

On fol. vvis a sheet of paper with a table of contents and ‘O. 2. 11. Artium’, s. xvii. ‘11’ is inked on the foredge. Inside the front board is the College bookplate with ‘O. 2. 11’ and ‘H. 2. 11 (CXXVII)’ in red.

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. 56; Powicke, no. 227.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-04: First online publication

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