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St John's College MS. 235 (fragments 14, 41, and 42)

An extensive text on the sacraments and their administration (binding fragments)


Language(s): Latin

An extensive text on the sacraments and their administration

Portions of Lib. 2, tit. 24, chs. 64–72 (no. 42), 72–81 (no. 41), 113–22 (no. 14) (the running titles indistinct or cut away on the later fragments). The text includes references to canon law commentaries; cf. ‘lxxiiii. Qvid si dicat episcopus excommunico te quia furtum fec ⟨ ⟩ cum tamen non ferent Numquid tenet huius excom ⟨ ⟩ Respondeo secundum glo C xxxiiii. Item pone […] ’ (no. 41); or ‘cxiij. Utrum speciebus vim in hoc sacramento possit alius liquor permisci et quid tunc cum alius liquor apponitur […] ’ (no. 14).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Most of one full leaf (no. 41) and two fragments. The largest piece overall 305 mm x 205 mm, but only 80 per cent of one of the columns.


In double columns, the full columns on no. 41 each 265 × 86 mm. , with 12 mm between columns, in 61 lines to the column.


Written in England in gothic textura rotunda, s. xiv med.


At heads of sections, 2-line alternate red and blue lombards on flourishing of the other colour (on nos. 41 and 42, simply blue with red flourishing); alternate red and blue paraphs to set off questions and answers.

Running titles in alternate red and blue lombards give book and titulus; sections numbered in red.


Origin: s. xiv med. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragments 14, 41, and 42 only.

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

2021-11: First online publication

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