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Merton College MS. 174

Former shelfmark: K. 3. 2



Language(s): Latin

fol. iv blank. On the verso is ‘Secunda pars Florum Bede’, in the same two hands as in MS 173.

(fols. 1–186v)
FLORUS OF LYONS, Commentary on the Pauline Epistles (II Cor. — Hebr.)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio .ii. epistole ad Corinthios.
Incipit: Paulus apostolus per uoluntatem Dei. Amat Paulus dici a nobis peccata sua
(fol. 32)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Galathas
Incipit: Paulus ...; Priores sunt ceteri apostoli per Christum
(fol. 58)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Ephesios
Incipit: Paulus ...; Elegit Deus in Christo ante mundi constitucionem
(fol. 82)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Philipenses
Incipit: Paulus ...; Sicut sunt duo timores qui faciunt duo genera timencium
(fol. 102)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Colosenses
Incipit: Paulus ...; Tunica illa Deum desuper texta
(fol. 114v)
(I Thessalonians)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Thessalonicenses prime
Incipit: Paulus ...; Iudeorum prope synagoga dici solet
(fol. 122)
(II Thessalonians)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio secunde ad Thessalonicenses
Incipit: Paulus ...; Hoc dixit ne forte de tanto bono
(fol. 125v)
(I Timothy)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio prime epistole ad Thimotheum
Incipit: Paulus ...; Quod iste prophanas et aniles fabulas
(fol. 147)
(II Timothy)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio secunde epistole ad Thimotheum
Incipit: Paulus ...; In hoc apostoli testimonio cauere debemus
(fol. 158)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Titum
Incipit: Paulus ...; Dicit apostolus tempora eterna nec futura
(fol. 160v)
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Philemonem
Incipit: Paulus ...; Ad Philemonem scripsit apostolus
Rubric: Incipit exposicio epistole ad Hebreos
Incipit: Multiphariam ...; Erat ille Dominus prophetarum
Explicit: ut simul de mercede gaudeamus. Amen.
Final rubric:

PL 119. 351–420; Stegmüller, Bibl. 2279–90.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Ergo ut
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 193 leaves (iv + 189)
Dimensions (leaf): 375 × 260 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 165 mm.
The edges stained yellow.


A singleton, 1–238, 244(lacks 3–4); catchwords; pencilled quire-signatures of the usual late medieval form.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 49 lines.


As for MS 173: Written in the elegant Continental cursive.


Major initials in colours and gold on fols. 1 (with full border), (with 3-sided borders) 32, 58, 82v, 102, 114v, 125v, 147, 158, 160v (2).


s. xix, sewn on five bands. Fols. i-iii, 187–9 are paper leaves from this binding. On fol. iv are marks at the foredge near the foot, possibly from a brass chain-staple.


Origin: S. XV 3/4 ;

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. ivvis Fitzjames’s ex dono in the same hand as in MS 173, which annotates and adds chapter-numbers in the margins and as running heads. His arms are added to the border on fol. 1; the usual label with title, ex dono and arms, originally under horn on the back board, is now mounted inside the front: ‘Secunda pars florum Bede ex dono domni Ricardi Fitziames nuper Cicestrensis episcopi et custodis istius Collegii’.

On fol. ivv is ‘O. 7. 2. Art:’, s. xvii, and the College bookplate. Inside the front board is another bookplate with ‘O. 7. 2’ (s. xix), canc. and replaced with ‘K. 3. 2 (CLXXIV)’ in red. ‘2’ is inked on the foredge.

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.


    As for MS 173.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-02: First online publication

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