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Merton College MS. 128

Former shelfmark: M. 2. 5



Language(s): Latin

(fols. iiv, 1–146)
PETER COMESTOR, Historia Scholastica
Rubric: Incipit Scolastica historia.
Incipit: Imperatorie maiestatis est in palatio tres habere mansiones
Explicit: Iohanne filio Symonis prosequentes.

Ends with Macc. II c. 1, following the Gospels, Macc. I-II having been om. earlier; Acts is omitted altogether.

The prologue was added on fol. iiv in a slightly later bookhand. On fol. 146v are early pencil notes. Marginal glosses by the main scribe and other hands.

PL 198. 1053–1644, 1505–22; Stegmüller, Bibl. 6543–64.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: aquis super eius
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 151 leaves (ii + 149)
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 150 mm.
The edges retrimmed, affecting marginalia, and spattered with red.


A singleton, 1–98, 106, 11–178, 188(8 canc.), 194, 204 (4 canc.); the quires numbered at the end.


Ruled with pencil in 4 cols of 45 lines, the two outermost (10 and 20 mm. wide) left empty to accommodate glossing.


A proficient early gothic bookhand of ‘type monastique’.


Red and blue initials; red or blue initials flourished in the other colour; red paraphs, marginal chapter-numbers and running heads.


s. xix, sewn on seven bands. Fols. i and 149 are blank paper binding leaves.


Origin: S. XIII ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England, probably a monastic book.

At the head of fol. ii, s. xiv, ‘Liber domus scolarium aule de Merton quem dedit collegio scolarium predictorum Iohannes Turk quondam socius aule predicte incathenandus in communi libraria eiusdem collegii.’ For Turk, fellow in 1352, still in 1355, see MS 11.

The James no. ‘49’ at the head of fol. 1, s. xvii in.

On fol. i is a title, s. xix, and ‘O. 2. 12. Art.’ in ink and pencil, canc. in red.

Inside the front board is the College bookplate with ‘M. 2. 5 (CXXVIII)’ in red.

Merton College MS 128 - endleaves (fols. 147–8)


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 147–8; 147, 148v blank)
Commentary on ARISTOTLE Eth. Nic.
Incipit: (c. 17)He epyekeya autem &c. Postquam philosophus determinauit de iustitia tamen hic declarat de epyekeya que est continuis iusticie discretiam et primo dicendo quo est intencio
Explicit: (ends unfinished) statum fuit sub pena capitis quia peregrini non||

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 225 × 145 mm.


Ruled with crayon in 2 cols of 34 lines.


Written in clumsy bookhand with anglicana features.


Origin: s. xiii ex. ; script with English appearance.

Additional Information

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. 574.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-07: First online publication

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