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

MS. Bodl. 3

Summary Catalogue no.: 1843


Language(s): Middle English

(fol. iii)
Text on arithmetic
1. (fol. 1)
Pore Caitif
Incipit: This tretis compilid of a pore caitif
Incipit: The ground of al goodnes
Final rubric: Here endith this tretijs that is clepid the Pore Caytif

In fourteen parts with Prologue (the Creed, Decalogue, Lord's Prayer, eleven short discourses): Jolliffe, Checklist, B

2. (fol. 162v)
The Mirror of Sinners
Rubric: The Myrrour of Synners
Incipit: For that we ben in the wey of this failynge lyf
English translation of Ps.-Bernard, Speculum peccatoris; Jolliffe, Checklist, F.8
3. (fol. 173)
Three Arrows of Domesday
Rubric: Here sueth a tretijs of Thre Arowis that schulen be schote at Domysdai upon hem that ther schulen be dampned
Incipit: Who so wole haue in mynde
(fols. 182–3)
Medical recipe

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 186 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 6.25 × 4.625 in.


Penwork borders and capitals.


Origin: 15th century, early ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Owned in the 16th cent. by 'George Clifforde', 'Rycardus Hall', and perhaps 'Mathewe dwellyng at the Signe of the White Bere at Westchirche in Bukkelersebury', London.

Presented by dr. William Cotton, bishop of Exeter, in 1605.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with reference to other published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-18: Description revised to include all information in SC updated in the light of published literature as cited.