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

MS. Bodl. 147

Summary Catalogue no.: 1918


Language(s): Latin

(fols. iv, 1r)

Lists of contents

1. (fol. 1)
Ps.-Athanasius (Eusebius of Vercelli (?)), De trinitate
Rubric: Incipit liber primus beati Athanasii episcopi et confessoris de sancta Trinitate unitatis
Colophon: Hos libellos octo transcripsi. qui multa addita et immutata continent
2. (fol. 26v)
Ps.-Athanasius, Libellus fidei (De trinitate bk. 9)
Rubric: Incipit libellus fidei Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti Athanasii episcopi
Incipit: Cum legeris per hanc fidem moneo ut mei memor sis in orationibus tuis
3. (fol. 27)
Ps.-Athanasius, De trinitate et de spiritu sancto (De trinitate bk. 12)
Rubric: Incipit eiusdem de Trinitate et de Spiritu Sancto
4. (fol. 39)
Vigilius Thapsensis (Ps.-Athanasius), Dialogus contra arianos
Rubric: Incipit Prologus in Altercatione sancti Athanasii ... contra Arrium, Sabellium vel Photinum hereticos

Here in two parts only; there is an addition to book ii. For fols. 70v-73 see art. 6.

5. (fol. 73)
Ps.-Vigilius Thapsensis, Solutiones obiectionum arianorum
Rubric: Incipiunt Solutiones obiectionum Arrianorum
Explicit: nusquam poterunt creatum ostendere
6a. (fol. 70v)
Potamius, Epistola ad Athanasium
Rubric: ... Epistola Potamii ad Athanasium ab Arrianis ...
6b. (fol. 71v)
Ps.-Athanasius, Ep. 2, ad Luciferum
Rubric: Epistola Athanasii ad Luciferum episcopum
7. (fol. 78)
Rubric: Incipit de fidei sancti Iheronimi presbiteri
8. (fol. 78)
Ps.-Jerome, Explanatio fidei ad Cyrillum
Rubric: Item eiusdem de fide apud Bethleem

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 79 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12 × 7.75 in.


Discoloured by damp at each end.


Fine initials close in style to those in manuscripts from the Abbey of Lyre now at Évreux, and to Brussels, Bib. Roy., MS. IV. 191 from Lyre. Cf. MS. Bodley 707 for script. (Pächt and Alexander i. 447, pl. XXXVII)


Stamped white sheepskin (about 1602) on older sewing.


Origin: 11th century, end ; France, Normandy or ; England, Exeter, cathedral

Provenance and Acquisition

For date and origin see Gneuss-Lapidge and literature there cited.

Exeter Cathedral: identifiable in medieval catalogues (MLGB).

Presented by the dean and chapter of Exeter in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), no. 447 [decoration, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    H. Gneuss and M. Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts : A Bibliographical Handlist of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (2014), no. 552

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-15: Origin revised with ref to Gneuss-Lapidge.