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

MS. Bodl. 223

Summary Catalogue no.: 2106


Language(s): Latin

Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Ezechielem

Fols. iii, 1, bearing the above title, the preface, and part of the first sermon, as far as 'aliquando prophetantis', and fols. 154, 155, commencing 'flamma sermo' in the last Homily, are supplied in a 12th cent. hand.

With marginal notes.

At the end are added in 12th cent. hands:

(fol. 155v)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Ep. 348

From Reinaldus Cisterciensis and Bernardus Claraevallensis to pope Innocent II about the see of Lisieux, 1141

Incipit: Amantissimo Patri ... Benedictus Deus & Pater Domini nostri
Migne, Patrol. Lat. 182, col. 552.
(fol. 156r)
John of Salisbury, Ep. 67 (Migne)

A letter from archbp. T(heobald) to Alfred bishop of Worcester, printed in Migne, Patrol. Lat. 199, col. 51, about 1159.

Incipit: T. Dei gratia Cantuariensis archiepiscopus ... venerabili fratri ... A(luredo) Wigorniensi episcopo ... Ex testimonio uestro
Explicit: sentencie sanioris. Vale
(fol. 156v)

A copy of the foundation charter of the Benedictine priory of St. Mary in the Isle (S. Mariae de Insula) at Alcester, 1140.

Another early deed was on fol. ii, but is almost entirely cut off. These seem to connect the volume with Worcester.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 158 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.75 Ɨ 8.25 in.


Coloured capitals.


Origin: 11th century, with additions 12th century, Worcester, cathedral priory (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

'In the same script as Junius 121 and other Worcester MSS.' (MLGB3) Still at Worcester cathedral in the twelfth century when the documents on fols. ii, 156ā€“7 were added.

Windsor, collegiate chapel: pressmark ā€˜C.Pā€™ at head of fol. iii recto (MLGB3)

Presented by the dean and canons of Windsor in 1612.

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-18: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.