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

St John's College MS 235 (fragment 20)

A sermon or tract on spiritual warfare (binding fragment)


Language(s): Latin

A sermon or tract on spiritual warfare, Jesus pierced by the spear on the cross as an example, ‘ […] militum lancea latus eius aperuit ⟨ ⟩ ab infeccione sanguinis peccati mortalis vt ⟨ ⟩ infectiuus […] ’; includes a reference to HRABANUS, De universo 19.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: A strip from a conjoint bifolium
Dimensions (leaf): 60 × 86 mm.
of the fuller leaf, from the head of the leaves.


In long lines, at the fullest 16 of them surviving.


Written in anglicana, s. xiv1 (some hooked ascenders, r not fully below the line).


Unfinished; a space for a heading unfilled


Origin: s. xiv1

Provenance and Acquisition

The signature ‘W Thomas’ in the gutter and a further illegible entry ending with the name ‘James’.

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragment 20 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

2021-12: First online publication

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