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

MS. Bodl. 230

Summary Catalogue no.: 2123*


Language(s): Latin

Gregory the Great, Dialogues
Rubric: In Christi nomine incipiunt capitula libri primi Dialogorum sancti Gregorii pape urbis Rome

The four books follow, each except the last preceded by a list of chapters, see fols. 22, 43v, 75.

At fol. 109v follows a lection 'in Translatione sancti Benedicti abbatis' et sanctae Scholasticae virginis sororis suae, July 11

Incipit: Cum diu gens Langobardorum

Partly injured.

A 13th cent. prayer relating to st. Laurence is on fol. 115.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 115 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.375 × 7.5 in.


In parts stained and injured by damp.


Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 80)


White sheepskin (about 1602) over older sewing and boards.


Origin: 12th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'J. Exon. Episcopus', i. e. bp. John de Grandison owned and wrote notes in the book, especially one stating (fol. iv verso) that the church of Sarum used to read an extract from the Dialogi 'ad Collaciones in Quadragesima': 'Damus ecclesie Exoniensi' seems also to be in his hand.

Exeter Cathedral: given by Bishop Grandison (see above). Identifiable in the catalogue of 1506 (MLGB3).

Presented by the dean and chapter of Exeter in 1602. MS. like no. 2123** accidentally escaped the Old Catalogue of 1697.

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2020) from the following sources, with reference to other published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 80 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


Last Substantive Revision

2020-06-16: Description revised to include all information in SC.