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

St John's College MS. 140

Ps.-Peter of Blois, 'Quales sunt'


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1–25
Incipit: Prologus De utinam episcopis sanctonensi et lemouicensi quam sobrie iustę et pie uiuant domino regi anglorum […] me scribere necessitas compulit ac pietas Pietas suadendo Necessitas urgendo […] [fol. 2, the text] Qvales sunt patres pretaxati significaturus ego Regi silere quidem mallem atque celare
Explicit: ubi dare ceperunt saciatis hominum milibus sportas legimus impletas et cophinos
Final rubric: Explicit liber Qvales svnt
PS.-PETER OF BLOIS; perhaps WILLIAM, PRIOR OF GRANDMONT, ‘Quales sunt’ (Sharpe, no. 1171 [423]), ed. PL 207: 1005–52.

Fols. 1v–2 include a table of the chapters in book 1, which also has its own prologue. Fol. 25v is blank, now with a College bookplate.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Hec presules (fol. 2)
Secundo Folio: certius (fol. 3)
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (HSOS/HFFH).
Extent: Fols. iii + 25 + iii (numbered fols. iv–vi).
Dimensions (leaf): 223 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 94 mm.


1–28 36 44 (–4, blank).


In long lines, 36 lines to the page. Prickings; bounded and ruled in black ink.


Written in protogothic bookhand. Punctuation by point and punctus elevatus.


Headings in red, that for the prologue in rustic capitals.

Two- and 3-line arabesque initials, alternately red and green, at text divisions.


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


Origin: s. xiii in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

An erased area probably removing an earlier note of ownership (fol. 1, upper 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.


    Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina 207 (Paris, 1855).
    Richard Sharpe, A Handlist of the Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland before 1540. Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 1 (Turnhout, 1997).

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2021-07: First online publication

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