MS. Bodl. 297
Summary Catalogue no.: 2468
Preceded (Darlington and McGurk, II, pp. xlvi-l) by lists and tables of Roman consuls, popes, English bishops and archbishops, genealogies of Anglo-Saxon royal dynasties, computistical texts and tables (pp. 48–65), a text of Bede, De locis sanctis (pp. 66–70), a text on the measurements of the cross (p. 71), and a genealogy of French kings and Norman dukes, as in Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MS. 157, from which the present manuscript was copied.
Substantial contemporary marginal additions, and interpolations in the text, drawing on a range of sources (including extracts from Eadmer, Historia Novorum), some relating to Bury St. Edmunds Abbey: printed and discussed in Darlington and McGurk, II, appendix B, and III, appendix B. Additions on pp. 281–2 (Cuthbert's Epistola de obitu Bedae, including Bede's Death Song) and pp. 328–9 (Bury charter) include Old English.
1–10 cols. (typically 2), 42 lines, written space 285 × 200–10 mm.
Two main scribes (pp. 1–344, pp. 345–423a), with marginal and interlinear additions by several others (Darlington and McGurk, II, p. lii).
Fine miniature (unfinished drawing, retouched: Crucifixion, p. 71), good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 167, pl. XVII)
Coloured initials, rubrics.
Oxford, late 16th or early 17th century (D. Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding 1500–1640) (2000), centrepiece xiv, pp. 78 and 111), rebacked.
In the binding are (1) a leaf of an early-fourteenth-century canon law manuscript; (2) fragments of a thirteenth-century treatise on roman law; (3) a fragment of a fourteenth-century gradual.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written at Bury St. Edmunds, as evidenced by the interpolations and additions, probably between 1133 and 1143 (Darlington and McGurk, II, p. liii).
Bury St. Edmunds ex libris, 12th century, p. 1: ‘Liber Sancti Ædmundi regis et m⟨artyris⟩ ’.
Bury St. Edmunds pressmark, 14th century, second half, p. 1: ‘C. 53’
Marginalia by Sir John Prise, 1502?-1555.
Given to the Bodleian by George Broome, esq. of Holton (p. i), probably in 1608.
Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2018-11-12: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC, updated with reference to the description and edition by Darlington and McGurk.