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

Merton College MS. 217

Former shelfmark: O. 2. 9



Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1–443)
WILLIAM DE PAGULA, Speculum Prelatorum
Rubric: Speculum prelatorum ac religiosorum et parochialium sacerdotum.
Incipit: Vt summe Trinitati et toti curie celesti debitus honor deferatur
Incipit: Fides catholica est substantia rerum sperandarum
Explicit: sicut quod comeditur, conteritur et deuoratur.
Final rubric: Explicit speculum prelatorum.

Quires were lost early on after fol. 180 (quire 15) (as signalled by a hand of s. xiv), containing the end of Part II, from part-way through titulus 53. More were lost after fol. 384 (quire 32), removing III P 30B-S 21C, as signalled by the same hand, stating improbably that the loss was of a single quire.

The unique copy; unpr.; Bloomfield 2115; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 799.

(fols. 443–51)
Alphabetical subject-index (Abbas—Ypocrisis)
Incipit: (prologue) Hec summa ad honorem sancte Trinitatis Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti ac etiam ad profectum prelatorum
Incipit: (epilogue) Finem desideriorum omnium
(fols. 451–485)
Key words and an index

In an anglicana hand of s. xv.

(fols. 451–2v)
Key words, Abbas—Zona,

in 7 cols

(fols. 452v-85)
Incipit: (prologue) Vt faciliter occurrat memoria illius materie

In a secretary hand.

fol. 485v blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: manifestat
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 491 leaves (iii + 488)
Dimensions (leaf): 370 × 225 mm.
Dimensions (written): 285 × 155 mm.


1–4012, 414(+ 1 after 4); catchwords.


Ruled with pencil in 2 cols of 60 lines.


Fols. 1–13 in a neat gothic textualis quadrata; thereafter several anglicana hands.


Red initials, paraphs, underlining and highlighting; highlighting also in yellow.


Standard Merton s. xvii, repaired, rebacked and resewn on four bands; formerly chained from the usual position. Fols. i-iii, 486–8 are modern paper blanks. Fols. i-ii are binding leaves of s. xvii, fol. i from the same book as in MS 84.


Origin: S. XIV in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in England; at the College by 1556: UO65. 158.

At the head of fol. 1 is the James no. ‘129’, s. xvii in.

Inside the front board is a sheet of paper with a title and ‘G. 2, 4’ (canc.), s. xvii, and ‘P. 1. 14. Art:’, canc. and replaced with ‘O. 2. 9’ and ‘No. CCXVII’ in red; 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, pp. 83–4; Powicke, no. 1232.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-01: First online publication

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