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

MS. Bodl. 282

Summary Catalogue no.: 2949


Letter-book of the University of Oxford
Language(s): English and Latin

A Letter-book of the University of Oxford, 'Registrum F. F.', being contemporary copies of about 200 Latin letters written in the name of the University to kings, bishops, chancellors of the University, and other magnates, from 1508 to 1597, as well as of Latin and English letters to the University

Some public business of the University is also recorded in a few places, e.g. at fol. 71v (University Chests, 1524), 109, 123v, 128, 130v, etc.

The general character of the contents may be gathered from the printed edition of the previous Letter-book, 1421-1509 (Oxford Historical Society, vols 35-36), and from the references in Wood's History of the University

Letters from the King, 1522-1534, are at fols 54v, 58, 104 (four), 106v (three), 109, 127v, 129; and there is correspondence with Cardinal Wolsey (part published in Dr R. Fiddes' Life of Cardinal Wolsey, 1724, pp. 32-40, 121-123, cp. pp 180-182), Archbishop Warham and Sir Thomas More.

Fols 109v-118 are occupied with a report on Wycliffe's heretical doctrines, sent to the King in 1530

There are comparatively few entries after 1534

A list of the first twenty-three documents is on fols 138-139

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 154 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.625 × 10.25 in.


Origin: 1508–1597 ; English, Oxford

Provenance and Acquisition

The volume probably came to the Bodleian in 1603, 1604 or the first half of 1605

It was borrowed by the Parliamentary Visitors of 1647 (Macray's Annals of the Bodleian, 2nd ed. [1890], p. 105).

It was reclaimed from the Archives in 1653.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)