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

MS. Bodl. 297

Summary Catalogue no.: 2468

Contents

John of Worcester, Chronicle

As ed. R. R. Darlington and P. McGurk (Oxford Medieval Texts). Formerly attributed to 'Florence of Worcester', and forming a continuation to the Chronicon of Marianus Scotus.

Preceded by lists and tables of Roman consuls, popes, English bishops and archbishops, genealogies of Anglo-Saxon royal dynasties (itemized in Darlington and McGurk, II, pp. xlvi-l), 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.

Followed (p. 423b) by extracts from the Chronicle of Jocelyn of Brakelond, added early thirteenth century (pr. Darlington and McGurk, III, pp. 323-6).

Language(s): Latin including a very little Old English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 426 pages
Dimensions (leaf): 376 × 285 mm.

Layout

1-10 cols. (typically 2), 42 lines, written space 285 × 200-10 mm.

Hand(s)

Two main scribes (pp. 1-344, pp. 345-423a), with marginal and interlinear additions by several others (Darlington and McGurk, II, p. lii).

Decoration

Fine miniature (unfinished drawing, retouched), good initials. (P&A iii. 167, pl. XVII)

Coloured initials, rubrics.

Accompanying Material

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.

History

Origin: 1133 × 1143 (?) ; English, Bury St. Edmunds, Benedictine abbey

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 ex libris, 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.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources, and from published literature cited in the description:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 75 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 167 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, binding leaves, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)

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