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St John's College MS. 144

William Woodford, De sacramento altaris


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1–148v:
Incipit: Racione solempnitatis iam instantis de corpore cristi […] [fol. 3, the text] Primum dubium fuit quid est eukaristie quibus nominibus appellatum et an sit dignissimum
Explicit: vt me filium suum ad visionem veritatis increate suis oracionibus deducere dignetur veritati autem increate sit honor [form ending] Amen
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus notabilis de sacramento altaris editus a magistro WODEFORD doctore in Theologia et fratre minore
William Woodford, De sacramento altaris

Sharpe, no. 2219 (819–22, at 821–2), unpublished; the incipit corresponds with those in the copy in BodL, MS Bodley 703, fols. 102ra, 103ra (this copy breaks off early in question 72). Fols. 1–2v have a table of the seventy-two questions, and fols. ii and iii are both bounded but blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: istorum (fol.2)
Secundo Folio: doctores (fol.4)
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (FSOS/FHHF)
Extent: i + 150 (numbered 1–148, ii-iii)
Dimensions (leaf): 218 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 143–150 × 90 mm.


1–1212 138 (–7, –8, both blank). All leaves in the first half of each quire signed with a letter and a roman numeral, although most are cut away; quires 4–11 = d–l. Catchwords towards the gutter, a few in elaborate scrolls.


In long lines, 33 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded in brown and reddish-brown ink and crayon, no rules.


Written in secretary. Punctuation by light use of point, punctus elevatus, and virgula.


No headings.

At the heads of the questions, 3-line blue lombards on red flourishing, with extended sprays.

The text broken by alternate red and blue paraphs.


A modern replacement. Sewn on four thongs. Pastedowns old vellum, a College bookplate on the front pastedown. At the head, one medieval vellum flyleaf, followed by a stub, probably from its conjugate.


Origin: s. xv med. ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Odd pen-trials (fol. iv).

‘Liber Collegii Divi Joannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Domini Guilielmi Paddei Militis et olim ejusdem Collegii Convictoris 1634’ (fol. 2, 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)


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Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2020-11: First online publication

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