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

MS. Bodl. 108

Summary Catalogue no.: 1960


John of Bury, Gladius Salamonis

Written about A.D. 1457 by John Bury, an Austin friar, against the Repressor of over much blaming of the Clergy by bp. Reginald Pecock. This reply, planned in two books, of which only the first is here, consists of a list of the forty-two chapters, a preface to archbp. Thomas Bourchier, in which alone the title of the work and author's name occur, and the treatise. Extracts from it are given in the Rolls Series edition of Pecock's work (vol. ii, p. 575, see Introduction in vol. i, p. xl: a coloured facsimile of fol. 1 of the present MS. is also in both volumes). The parts quoted from Pecock and some other passages are in English: and there are marginal notes and additions: at foll. 50v-51v occurs a list of some of Pecock's works.

Language(s): Latin, with some Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 64 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.125 × 7.125 in.


Fine borders.

Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1057)


Origin: 15th century, third quarter (after 1457) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'THo: Allen. D.[ono]. D.[edit]', in 1601.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 1057 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-06: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.