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

MS. Bodl. 169

Summary Catalogue no.: 2030


Bridget of Sweden, Reuelationes (Liber caelestis) (books i-iv)
Rubric: Liber celestis Reuelacionum Christi ad sponsam
Incipit: (prologue) Stupor & mirabilia audita sunt ... Mirabile siquidem erit
Incipit: (text) Ego sum creator celi
Explicit: non sedebit cum iudicantibus orbem
Final rubric: Explicit liber celestis Reuelacionum Dei quartus. Deo gracias

With lists of chapters and prologue.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: viii + 120 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.25 × 8.75 in.


2 cols.


Plain white sheepskin on boards, English 15th (?) cent. work.

Accompanying Material

A later 15th cent. title 'Reuelaciones Brigitte' is on fol. v, which is a parchment leaf containing a mutilated part of a long Latin official record of a case which came before the ecclesiastical court at Constance relating to the Augustinian monastery of st. Antony in the diocese of Vienne (1st half of 15th cent. ?).


Origin: 15th century

Provenance and Acquisition

'constat John Rolygh (?)', fol. 113, 15th century (MLGB) (read in the Summary Catalogue as Rolyn, Rolynh, or Rolynntes; by C.-G. Undhagen as Rolynns).

Perhaps at Syon Abbey - see MLGB: 'The second folio agrees with the copy listed in Betson's catalogue, but there is no other evidence to tie the book to Syon. There is an English ownership inscription at the end of the book for John Rolygh, and yet the donor to Syon was Thomas Fishbourn, who died in 1428. 'The balance of probability is perhaps against this book's having been at Syon' (Gillespie, Syon Abbey, p. 241).'

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to other published literature as cited.


    Printed descriptions:

    Revelationes Sanctae Birgittae. Revelaciones Lib. I, cvm Prologo magistri Mathie, edidit Carl-Gustaf Undhagen, Uppsala, Almqvist & Wiksell, 1978, pp. 148–150

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-22: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.