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St John's College MS. 21

Joshua and Judges glossed


Language(s): Latin

1. Fols. 1rb–44vc
Incipit: Et factvm est post mortem moysi serui dei […] [fol. 1rc, the gloss] Adamantius Moyses famulus meus defunctus est etc. aduerte quomodo regnat ihesus
Explicit: [fol. 44vb the text ends] in gaab finees filij eius que data est ei in monte effraim […] [the gloss ends] que arbor a lxx. hic posita est Alij non quercum posuerunt
Joshua, with the ordinary gloss (Stegmüller, Bibl. 11786 [9:474–5]).
2. Fols. 44va–84v
Incipit: Adamantius In fine libri ihesu naue breuiter narrator porrexit historiam. […] [fol. 44vb, the text] Post mortem iosue consuluerunt filij israel dominum […] [fol. 44vc, the gloss] Isidorus Historia libri iudicum non parua misteriorum indicat sacramenta
Explicit: [fol. 83ra, the final gloss] sit humilis sed contra se rigida bonis omnibus non sit submissa […] [the text ends] quod sibi rectum uidebatur hoc faciebat
Final rubric: Explicit liber iudicum
Judges, with the ordinary gloss (Stegmüller, Bibl. 11787 [9:475]).

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Rubentis
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (HSOS/HFFH).
Extent: Fols. iv + 84 + iii (numbered fols. v–vii).
Dimensions (leaf): 365 × 250 mm.


1–108 114. No catchwords; signatures in roman numerals on the final versos of each quire (quires 2–11 = iiusxius).


In varying formats dependant on the shape of the gloss, the basic writing area 218–20 × 140 mm. , in 50 lines for the gloss and 25 lines for the text. Prickings for columns (those for lines frequently visible in the gutters); bounded and ruled in black ink.


Written in two sizes of a hand transitional between protogothic bookhand and gothic textura, the gloss above the top line, the text below it. Punctuation by point only.


Neither rubrics nor chapter divisions (in Judges, chapter numbers added in black ink later).

At the heads of the texts, 6- or 7-line initials: lions and other animal shapes in the vine-work of a violet and blue champe on a midnight blue and gold ground.

Alternate red and blue 1- line lombards for versals.

The glosses, in the main marginal, introduced by paraphs in text ink.

Running titles in alternate red and blue lombards with the name of the biblical book.

See AT no. 147 (17) and plate viii (fol. 1rb).


A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, two modern paper flyleaves, and a medieval vellum flyleaf; at the rear, two modern paper flyleaves and another marbled leaf (fols. v–vii).


Origin: s. xiii in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Hic est liber sancte Marie de Rading’ Quem qui celauerit uel fraudem de eo fecerit anathema sit’, ‘Quem qui celauerit uel’ above in a later hand (fol. iv) (Ker, MLGB 158).

A few pen-trials (fol. iv).

‘Liber Collegij Divi loannis Baptistae Oxon’ Ex dono Magistri Ioannis Stonor Generosi de Northstoke in Comitatu Oxon 1609’ (fol. 1).

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


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Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2021-08: First online publication

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