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

MS. Bodl. 196

Summary Catalogue no.: 1897


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
(fol. 1)
De virginibus
Rubric: De laude virginum ad sororem suam

In three books.

(fol. 9v)
De viduis
Rubric: De laude uiduarum
(fol. 15)
'De virginitate'
(fol. 22)
Exhortatio virginitatis

Presented as bk. 2 of De virginitate.

2. (fol. 29)
⟨Honorius Augustodunensis⟩, Gemma animae

Preceded by four short prefatory pieces.

Incipit: Agmen in castris
Incipit: Missa a quatuor causis nomen accepit
Explicit: fructum in gaudio metant

On fol. 28v is a list of chapters of about the first three books.

3. (fol. 82)
John Beleth, Summa de ecclesiasticis officiis
Incipit: In primitiua ecclesia prohibitum erat
Final rubric: Explicit Summa magistri Johannis Beleth

A list of chapters is on fol. 82.

With some marginal notes.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 120 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13 × 9.125 in.


2 cols.


Fleuronnée initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 522)


Plain white sheepskin on oak boards, English 15th cent. work, worn and repaired.


Origin: c. 1300 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Christ Church, Canterbury (?): characteristic marginalia, but no other evidence (MLGB).

Owned in the 15th cent. by 'John Dygun' (fol. 3v, 4v), and John Godfrey (fol. iiv).

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

MS. Bodl. 196 - endleaves (fols. i-iv, 117–20)


Language(s): Latin

Sermons (Franciscan)

One begins:

Incipit: Hebrei sunt? et ego ... Volens apostolus ad literam recondere

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 522 [decoration, date, localization]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance, acquisition, endleaves]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-25: Description revised to include all information in SC.