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

Merton College E. 3. 5(e)


Language(s): Latin

Thomas Netter of Walden, Doctrinale Fidei,

bk. VI (De Sacramentalibus)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: Four leaves
Dimensions (leaf): × mm.
Dimensions (written): 280 × 165 mm.


Ruled with ink in 2 cols of 46 lines


From a fine large copy, written by the scribe of MS 319 and with similar minor decoration.


Blue initials flourished in red; red auctoritates, highlighting and underlining. Running heads in red with blue initials flourished in red.


Origin: s. xv (1420s) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Two taken from ‘Stack 110. c. 16’ (Cornelius Scepperus, &c., Antwerp 1523, given by Robert Barnes, for whom see MS 268), the other two purchased, Dec. 1948, from N. J. P. Bayliss of Headington, who bought them at a sale in Oxford. They were identified shortly before by N. R. Ker, who communicated his discovery to W. H. Garrod.

Two more leaves are in the binding of Bodl. Libr., Savile W. 14 (Ptolemy in Greek, Basel 1538); single leaves are in Bodl. Libr., MS Lat. misc. b. 18, no. A. 52, Oxford, Corpus Christi Coll., MS 488 nos 45 (taken from I. 12. 8, Bale, Scriptores, Basel 1559) and 46 (taken from Z. 37. 13, Concilia Generalia vol. 4, Cologne 1567); three leaves in Westminster Abbey, MS 36 nos 8–10 (taken from J. 2. 30, J. Beurlinus &c., Frankfurt 1561, belonging to Thomas Summaster).

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.


    Ker, Pastedowns, nos 605, 637, 663, 679, 1385 and Corrigenda; brief mention in M. M. Harvey, ‘The diffusion of the Doctrinale of Thomas Netter in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries’, in Intellectual Life in the Middle Ages: Essays presented to Margaret Gibson, ed. L. Smith and B. Ward (London, 1992), pp. 281–92, at 283.

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-27: First online publication

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