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

Merton College MS. 198

Former shelfmark: H. 1. 12

WILLIAM WOODFORD; S. XV

Contents

Language(s): Latin

fol. vrv blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: et sic usque
Three separate units, of which I and II are supplements added early on to III.
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 118 leaves (v + 112, incl. 13A)
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 150 mm.
The edges heavily retrimmed with loss of marginalia and spattered with red.

Collation

A bifolium, 114 / 2–312 / 4–912; quires 2–9 have catchwords, 4–9 leaf-numbering as well. fol. 78* is a large parchment slip with additional text on one side, sewn to the foot of fol. 78.

Binding

Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-iii, 110–12 are paper binding leaves, the first and last two from the same printed book as in MS 45. fol. iv was formerly a pastedown in an earlier binding.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

At the head of fol. ivv, s. xv, ‘Liber domus scolarium de Merton’ in Oxonia’.

Seen at Merton by John Bale (Appendix C, no. 16).

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘222’, s. xvii in., cropped.

On fol. iv is the title of art. 1, s. xvii, and ‘O. 8. 13. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘H. 1. 12 (CXCVIII)’ in red.

Merton College MS. 198 – Part I (fols. 1–13v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–13v; 13Arv blank)
WILLIAM WOODFORD OFM, Prima Determinatio contra Libellum Iohannis Wyclif
Rubric: Determinacio fratris et magistri Willelmi Wydforde de ordine fratrum minorum Oxon’ contra Wyclyff in materia de religione.
Incipit: ⟨V⟩trum motiua ponentis communem religionem esse quacumque religione priuata perfecciorem fit penes theologum indifferentem alicuius euidencie
Explicit: de illius radicis enarracione.
Final rubric: Ista sunt dicta et tantum de determinacione prima magistri Willelmi Wodfford contra Wyclyff. Explicit determinacio prima in materia de religione Oxonie.

Ed. M. B. Dobson, DPhil diss. (Oxford, 1932); Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 820–1. This is the first of four determinationes.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 160 × 105 mm.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil, written in c. 35 long lines

Hand(s)

A secretary hand.

Decoration

None.

History

Origin: s. xv2 ; script of English appearance.

Merton College MS. 197 – Part II (fols. 14–37v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 14–37v)
WILLIAM WOODFORD OFM, De Sacerdotio Novi Testamenti
Incipit: Vtrum sacerdocium noui testamenti quod in Melchisidech exstitit figuratum sit excellencius quam secularis regalia
Explicit: et dimisit libere pertransire. Explicit.

On fols. 17v-18 reference is made to William of Malmesbury’s De Antiquitate Glastoniae.

Unpr., the unique copy; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 820.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 160 × 105 mm.

Layout

Frame-ruled with pencil, written in c. 35 long lines.

Hand(s)

Anglicana with a pronounced forward slope.

Decoration

None.

History

Origin: s. xv2 ; script of English appearance.

Merton College MS. 197 – Part III (fols. 38–109v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 38–109; 109v blank)
WILLIAM WOODFORD OFM, De Causis Condemnationis XVIII Articulorum Damnatorum Iohannis Wyclif
Rubric: Incipit quoddam opus compilatum a fratre Willelmo Wydeforde sacre pagine professore ordinis minorum contra quasdam conclusiones ab eodem extractas a libro qui intitulatur Trialogus Magistri Iohannis Wyclif qui utique liber damnatus est a domino Thoma Cantuariensi archiepiscopo anno Domini M. CCC. nonagesimo sexto in capitulo cathedralis ecclesie Sancti Pauli London’ presentibus episcopis, prelatis ac clero regni Anglie.
Incipit: Venerabili in Christo patri ac domino illustri domino Thome
Incipit: Reuerendissime pater mandatis uestris obtemperando causas condempnacionis articulorum
Incipit: Iam restat contradictoria argumenta aduersarii uisitari
Explicit: feliciter per tempora longiora amen.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus magistri Willelmi Wydford fratris de ordine minorum contra magistrum Iohannem Wyclyf.

Pr. G. Ortwin, Fasciculus Rerum Expetendarum ac Fugiendarum (Cologne, 1535), repr. E. Brown, Fasciculus Rerum Expetendarum (London, 1690), I, pp. 191–265; Sharpe, Handlist, pp. 819–20.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (written): 150–60 × 100–10 mm.

Layout

Frame-ruled with crayon, written in c. 33 long lines.

Hand(s)

A proficient, upright anglicana using a thick nib. The scribes supply marginal apparatus, especially in I; one or more anglicana hands annotate, heavily in III, together with corrections to the text. The additional text on fol. 78* is probably in one of these annotating hands.

Decoration

Blue initials flourished in red; red or blue paraphs.

History

Origin: s. xv in. ; script of 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.

Availability

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

Bibliography

    Coxe, p. 78; Powicke, no. 1206.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-31: First online publication