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Merton College MS. 202

Former shelfmark: C. 2. 17



Language(s): Latin

fol. iv blank.

1. (fols. 1–50; 50v blank)
BONAVENTURE, Breuiloquium Pauperis seu Compendium Sacrae Scripturae
Incipit: Flecto genua mea ad Patrem Domini nostri
Explicit: donec intrem in gaudium Domini mei qui ...

At the head of fol. 1 is ‘Bonauentura super octo libros flecta genua’, s. xv.

BO 5. 201–91; Distelbrink 1; Glorieux, Théol. 305k.

2. (fols. 51–83v)
SIMON OF HINTON OP, Summa Iuniorum
Incipit: Ad instructionem iuniorum quibus non uacat opusculorum uariorum prolixitatem perscrutari
Explicit: positus in uia morum.

Unpr.; Glorieux, Théol. 302w; Stegmüller, Sent. 815; Bloomfield 0245; Kaeppeli 3600; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 615.

On fols. 83v-4v are theological notes in an early anglicana hand, with the common prophetical verses ‘Gallorum leuitas Germanos iustificabit’ (at least 11 lines, cropped at the foot; WIC 7015).

On the rest of fol. 84v, and 85–8v, are faint early pencil notes.

Over them is written on fol. 84v, s. xvi in., ‘Sancti Edmundi archiepiscopi prophetia de antichristo. | Cum fuerunt anni completi mille ducenti | et ceterum decies post partum uirginis alme | tunc antichristus regnabit demone plenus’

on fol. 87v the date 1325 and ‘morbus signa cibus blasphemia dogma fuerunt cause cur Dominum turba secuta fuit’, s. xv; next to it is the name ‘Notingham’.

fol. 89 is blank; on the verso is a note in a very tiny cursive hand, s. xv ex. fol. 91rv is blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: propter exempla
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 94 leaves (ii + 91, incl. 73A)
Dimensions (leaf): 150 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 85–95 mm.
The edges retrimmed and spattered with red.


A singleton at each end, 1–412, 514, 6–712, 84.


Ruled with crayon in 40 long lines.


A small English gothic rotunda bookhand.


Plain red initials and paraphs.


Standard Merton s. xvii, sewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. ii and 90 are paper binding leaves. Fols. i and 91 are ruled parchment. On fol. 89 (but not on 91) are marks perhaps from an iron chain-staple.


Origin: S. XIII ex. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England; it is not known when it entered the College prior to s. xvii in.

On fol. i is a title and ‘O. 8. 17 Art:’, the latter canc. and replaced with ‘C. 2. 17 (CCII)’ in red. Inside the front board is the College bookplate.

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. 79; Powicke, no. 1219.

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

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