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St John's College MS 125

Ivo of Chartres, Panormia, etc.


Language(s): Latin

1. Fols. 1–80:
Rubric: Incipit proem⟨ivm⟩ sacrorum canonum Incipit parnomia [sic] IVONIS CARNOTENSIS episcopi
Incipit: Prologus iste docet quedam uix nota […] Exceptiones ecciesiasticarum regularum partim ex epistolis romanorum pontificum partim ex gestis […]
Rubric: [fol. 5, the text] De fide sancte trinitatis
Incipit: Credimvs vnum devm esse patrem et filivm et spiritvm sanctum Patrem eo quod habeat filium
Explicit: si uiuit conuiuit cum illa Et dixit mihi Quamdiu nescit […]
Ivo of Chartres, Panormia

Ed. PL 161:47–60, (the prologue, which also prefaces Ivo’s Decretum), 1045–1290 B7. More than half of fol. 80 is blank.

2. Fols. 80v–87:
Incipit: Infames censentur qui ex suis consanguineis nascuntur Coniunctiones autem consanguineorum fieri prohibite quod eas et diuine et seculi prohibent leges
Explicit: simul et hoc statutum est ut si quispiam presbiterorum deinceps huius constitutionis norme ||

The subsequent section of Ivo’s Panormia treats consanguinity, but this material is from a different canon-law text, BURCHARD OF WORMS, Decreta 7–8, breaking off early in 8.33, ed. PL 140:779–98 A1. See further Z. N. Brooke, The English Church and Papacy from the Conquest to the Reign of King John (Cambridge, 1952), 88–9, 237–8, 244–5. Fol. 87v is blank and a stub follows.

3. Fols. 88–9:
Rubric: Concilium london’ sub Rege Stephano Anno ab incarnatione domini MoCoxxxviiio. pontificatus uero domni pape Innocencii anno ix […] celebrata est synodus londonie […]
Incipit: [the text] Sanctorum patrum canonica instituta sequentes auctoritate apostolica interdicimus
Explicit: ab cis exigant Quod si fecerint ecclesiastice uindicte subiaceant Hoc placet
Canons of the legatine council of Westminster (1138),

ed. D. Whitelock, M. Brett, and C. N. L. Brooke, Councils and Synods 1, ii (Oxford, 1981), 774–8; our MS is mentioned at 771.

4. Fols. 89–90:
Rubric: [the rubric in a slightly later hand] Aliud concilium apud Lond’
Incipit: Sanctorum patrum uestigiis inherentes nouis morbis noua remedia procuramus Statuimus igitur ut si quis possessiones
Explicit: Sciat itaque unusquisque quia quod quis dicit ueritati debet et quod promittit fidei
Canons of the legatine council of London (?1143),

ed. Whitelock et al., 800–4; our MS is mentioned at 795, 797–8.

5. Fols. 90v–1:
Rubric: Item aliud concilium
Incipit: Sanctorum patrum uestigiis inherentes quemquam in ecclesia per pecuniam ordinari auctoritate apostolica prohibemus Interdicimus etiam
Explicit: quos adducunt non suscipiantur sed prisca patrum in omnibus seruetur auctoritas
Canons of the legatine council of Westminster (1125),

ed. Whitelock et al., 738–41; our MS is mentioned at 735. Fol. 91v is blank; on these two pages, the scribe uses rules in black ink.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: corrumpere
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (HSOS/HFFH).
Extent: Fols. iii + 91 + iii (numbered fols. iv–vi).
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 135 mm.
writing area varies according to the scribe,
Dimensions (written): c.185–90 × 99–116 mm.


1–108 118(–8) 124. Catchwords fitful, most supplied later. Signatures, probably later, in brown crayon, a roman numeral on the final leaf of each quire; quires 1–10 = i–x.


A great many leaves cut away at the foot of the page.


In long lines, 35–44 lines to the page. Regular prickings in fols. 56–80; bounded and ruled in stylus.


Written by five scribes in late caroline, with additions by two other hands:

scribe 1 = fols. 1–48v;

scribe 2 = fols. 49–51v/12;

scribe 3 = fols. 51v/12–58v/1, with some alternation between 2 and 3 on fols. 51v–2;

scribe 4 = fols. 58v/2–72v;

scribe 5 = fols. 73–83v.

The two scribes who add material copied items 2 and 3–5 respectively.

Scribe 1 punctuates by point and medial point, occasional punctus elevatus; to this repertoire, scribe 4 adds an occasional punctus versus; scribe 5 punctuates by point, medial point, and punctus elevatus. In the added item 2, punctuation by punctus versus, punctus elevatus, and medial point; in items 3–5, punctuation by point and punctus elevatus.


Headings in red (on fols. 41–60, 64v–9, 73–7 in rustic capitals, partly in text ink).

At textual divisions, 1- and 2-line red arabesque initials.

Marginal contents summaries, boxed in red and with red-slashed capitals (fols. 5v–32 only).

Some larger penwork initials, up to 8 lines, with animal and leaf shapes.

A diagram to illustrate consanguinity, fol. 84.

See AT, no. 646 (65), who date s. xii1, identify the MS as French, and mention only one initial.


A modern replacement. Sewn on three thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf and two modern paper leaves; at the rear; two modern paper flyleaves and another marbled paper one (iv–vi).


Origin: s. xii ex. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

The old shelfmark ‘Abac ij N. 56’ (fol. 1, upper leading edge).

Iohannes Whyte de Suthwyke in Comitatu Sutht’ Armiger dedit hunc librum Thome Whyte de london’ militi⟨ ⟩ ad vsum Colegij per ipsum de nouo erecti in Oxon’ Anno 1555’ (fol. 1, lower margin).

Record Sources

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


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    J. J. G. Alexander and Elźbieta Temple, Illuminated Manuscripts in Oxford College Libraries, the University Archives and the Taylor Institution (Oxford, 1985).
    Z. N. Brooke, The English Church and Papacy from the Conquest to the Reign of King John (Cambridge, 1952).
    Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina 140 (Paris, 1855).
    Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina 161 (Paris, 1855).
    D. Whitelock, M. Brett, and C. N. L. Brooke (eds.), Councils and Synods 1, ii (Oxford, 1981).

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2022-01: First online publication

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