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

MS. Bodl. 302

Summary Catalogue no.: 2086

Physical Description

Composite: three parts
Extent: ii + 145 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 12.875 × 9 in.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

'Iste liber pertenet George Hull', 16th cent. (fol. 67): ‘M. 2’ in a library in which no. 2619 was 'M. 1'.

'THo: Allen' gave the book to the Bodleian in 1601.

MS. Bodl. 302 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 1)
Distinctiones theologicae(Stegmüller 10085) (part)

The latter part of a book of Distinctiones, or notes, with extracts from authors and 'narraciones', on points of moral duty: beg. abruptly, the previous pages being lost, 'ex causa satagere debet': the first heading of a division is 'Contra participantes cum excommunicatis', beg. 'Agnus siue ouis non libenter communicaret lupo', with narrationes: the book ends 'pater sine honore'.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century, second half ; English

MS. Bodl. 302 - Part 2

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fol. 7)
Rubric: Compendium historiarum
Incipit: De formacione Ade ... Adam in agro Damasceno
Explicit: scilicet in cathacumbis

Combines material from Peter of Poitiers, Genealogia historiarum, and Peter Comestor, Historia scholastica: see Hans-Eberhard Hilpert, ‘Geistliche Bildung Und Laienbildung. Zur Überlieferung Der Schulschrift Compendium Historiae in Genealogia Christi (Compendium Veteris Testamenti) Des Petrus von Poitiers (1205) in England’, Journal of Medieval History, 11.4 (1985), 315–31 at 330.

At fol. 59 follow a picture of the camp of the Israelites in the Wilderness, with description; and historical Old Testament notes, chiefly the interpretation of names, lists of kings, etc., in chronological order, divided according to 'aetates' (see foll. 61v, 63); ends, with some leaves lost, 'fortiter iracundus' and catchwords 'Maath. desiderium'.

Identified as follows in Stegmüller:

(fol. 59r)
Incipit: Haec figura valet ad intelligendum, quid dicatur in Num. (8,62) de dispositione tribuum
(Stegmüller 10086)
(fol. 60r)
Interpretatio nominum mansionum (Num. 33.3 - 48)(Stegmüller 10087)
(fols. 61-71)
Interpretationes nominum(Stegmüller 10088)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

2 cols.

Decoration

Drawing, fol. 59.

History

Origin: 15th century, early ; English

MS. Bodl. 302 - Part 3

Contents

1. (fol. 72)
Bede, Ecclesiastical history
Rubric: Beda de Gestis Anglorum
Final rubric: Liber ecclesiastice hystorie gentis Anglorum secundum Bedam
Language(s): Latin

On fol. 137v is a late 14th cent. copy of a Latin letter from John Thoresby archbp. of York communicating a mandate of Edw. III which orders a public thanksgiving for the victory of Poitiers, Oct. 12. 1356.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 138-143)

A complete added gathering of six leaves, containing copies of pieces chiefly Latin and largely relating to Scottish public affairs, written late in the 14th century, as follows:

(fol. 138)
Chronicon elegiacum regum Scottorum
Incipit: Primus in Albania

A short metrical chronicle of the kings of Scotland to Alexander III, abt. 1250: W. F. Skene, Chronicles of the Picts (1867), 177-82.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 138v)

An account of kings Edwy and Edgar

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 139)

A genealogy of John lord Hastings (d. 1313) from Malcolm Canmore, in French

Language(s): French
(fol. 139)

The treaty made between William I king of Scotland and Henry I, 1174

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 140)

An account of the agreement between William I of Scotland and Rich. I, 1194

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 140v)

A mandate from Edw. I to the abbots of Coventry and Burton that they should insert in their chronicles two agreements with Scotland of 1291 (both here copied out in French), dated July 9. 1291

Language(s): Latin and French
(fol. 141)
La pierre de Scone (Dean and Boulton 86)
Incipit: Qui est la piere de Escose
Language(s): French
(fol. 141)
Prophecies
Rubric: Hic incipit prophecia Merlini que eueniet de sexto Hibernie

Followed by seven other similar prophecies, by Gildas, 'Alanus Somniator', 'Sibilina' queen of Egypt and Ethiopia, etc.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 142)

An account of the battle of Poitiers, 1356, sent by Bartholomew lord Burghersh to John Beauchamp.

Rubric: Hic incipit bellum quoddam factum quondam apud Poiters
Incipit: Fait a remembre qe le prince se parti de Burdeux

Pr. The Black Prince, ed. H. O. Coxe (1842), 369-70, and Kervyn de Lettenhove, Oeuvres de Froissart (1867-77), V, 489-92

Language(s): French
(fol. 142v)

An account of the battle of Durham, usually known as that of Nevill's Cross, in 1346, written by Thomas Samson.

Kervyn de Lettenhove, Oeuvres de Froissart (1867-77), V, 528-9.
Language(s): French
(fol. 143v)

The first part of a French letter from Edw. III 'a son chiere & fele chiualer Thomas Lucy', 1346, much of it being lost, after fol. 143.

Language(s): French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

2 cols.

Decoration

Illuminated capitals.

History

Origin: 14th century ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922) with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-07: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.