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

MS. Bodl. 209

Summary Catalogue no.: 2035


Language(s): Latin

Zacharias of Besançon, Concordia Evangelistarum
Rubric: Incipit prima pars Explanationis in Vnum ex quatuor, seu Concordia Euangelistarum & de super expositio continua exactissima diligentia edita a Zacharia Crisopolitano
Incipit: De excellentia Euangelii & differentia ipsius
Final rubric: Explicit Vnum ex quatuor, seu ⟨con⟩cordia Euangelii & ... exposition ...

Preceded at fol. ii by the first words of the sections of the Gospels, of which Matth. has 355, Mark 235, Luke 338, John 232, each marked with the number of the ten Eusebian canons.

At fol. 183 follow:

Rubric: Interpretationes nominum in Evangelio
Incipit: Abraham pater uidens populum

Two patristic passages on angels, fol. 184v.

A few contemporary grammatical notes are on fol. 185.

At fol. 185v is entered in three handwritings an account of the election of Gervasius as abbot of Pershore (Persora) 1204 CE, and his many purchases and improvements of the abbey lands. The first hand extends to 1215, and is only slightly later than that of the text of the book, the second and third successively to about 1234 when Gervase died. On fol. 186v is a half-erased note of an incident in the 13th year of a reign, perhaps of a fire at Pershore about 1400 CE.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: viii + 186 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14.875 × 11.375 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 327

Fine initial

Illuminated capitals


In 1655 this manuscript had a black velvet binding, but it was rebound about 1840–50. (For a list of manuscripts with comparable bindings, see MS. Bodl. 218)


Origin: 13th century, beginning (before c. 1204–1215 (?) ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Parshare' (15th cent.) on fol. iv shows that the volume belonged at that time to the Benedictine abbey of Pershore, but it was probably there from the first, see above.

Owned by King Henry VIII. See MS. Bodl. 218.

Presented by Charles Howard, earl of Nottingham in 1604

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 327 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-22: Description revised to incorporate all information in the Summary Catalogue.