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

MS. Bodl. 299

Summary Catalogue no.: 2473


Johannes de Freiburg, Summa confessorum
Rubric: Summa Confessorum compilata a fratro [sic] Iohanne Lectore ordinis fratrum Predicatorum' de Friburg

Preceded by a prologue and list of chapters of the four books and also by the same author's 'Prologus ... in priorem libellum Questionum Casualium' with explanatory note

Followed by 'Paragrofi [sic] summe fratris Raymundi' de Pennaforti, a list of chapters (fol. 276), 'Statuta Summe Confessorum ex Sexto Decretalium addita', with prologue (fol. 287v), and a 'Tabula super Summam', in alphabetical order of subjects, with prologue (fol. 288)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 322 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 15.25 × 10.75 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander i. 574

Fine borders

Historiated initials



Brown leather with plain tooling (late 16th century) over older sewing and boards


Origin: 14th century, beginning ; France

Provenance and Acquisition

Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine abbey of St Augustine (originally of St Peter and St Paul): (inner front board) 'Summa uel compilacio que uocatur Summa confessorum de hiis que pertinent ad forum animarum fratris Willelmi de Biholte quondam prioris sancti Augustini Cantuarie'. Then after an erased sentence, is the pressmark: 'De librario sancti Augustini Cantuarie ... Distinccione X Gradu I' (s. xiv) (MLGB3); see M. R. James's Ancient Libraries of Canterbury (1903), p. 404, where the catalogue states that there is 'in eodem libro Glossa Hostiensis super Decretales de celinus (?)'

Presented by Sir Walter Cope in 1602. Cope's number "82" is at the head of fol. 1r (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Description adapted (January 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-20: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)