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

MS. Bodl. 341

Summary Catalogue no.: 2445


Ranulf Higden, Polychronicon
Rubric: Liber primus in historiam policronicam
Explicit: mare tranquillitatem, Scocia concordiam, ecclesia libertatem. Explicit Historia policronica

With three prefaces; ends at 1327

There are notes in the margins

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 137)
Historia de proeliis Alexandri magni
Rubric: Hystoria magni regis Alexandri de proeliis
Incipit: Sapientissimi namque Egyptij
Explicit: uox plangencium quasi tonitruum
(version J2)

Catchwords 'ita quod totam'

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 160 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14.75 × 9 in.


A leaf or two is lost near the end


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 637

Good borders

Good initials


Origin: 14th century, middle ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Edo. Orwell. 17. Martij 1577.': Edward Orwell, -1591/2, owner also of Lambeth Palace MSS. 174 and 371, and the 1462 Mainz bible at Peterhouse Cambridge (Perne Library, shelfmark S. 10b)

Probably acquired 1618-1620

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-03: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)