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

MS. Bodl. 357

Summary Catalogue no.: 2452


1. (fol. 1)
William of Malmesbury, Gesta Pontificum Anglorum
Rubric: Incipit prologus Willelmi monachi Malmesbirie in libro primo de Gestis Pontificum Anglorum

Followed by Books 1-4. This is a fine copy of the first recension. At fol. iv verso is a list of the persons commemorated in the first book

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 80)
Alexander III, Epistolae

A collection of copies of about 180-190 letters from Pope Alexander III to English bishops and abbots or (in a few cases) to foreign bishops: there are also a few letters from Pope Eugenius III, e.g. at fol. 112

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 135 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14 × 10.25 in.


2 cols


Pächt and Alexander iii. 357

Good initials


Origin: 13th century, first quarter ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Bridlington, Yorkshire, Augustinian priory of St Mary the Virgin: 'Liber sancte Marie de Brillinctuna' (s. xiii); 'Liber sancte Marie de Bridelingtone, qui hunc alienauerit anathema sit' (s. xiii)(MLGB3)

Under Pressmark 'littera .J.' in the 15th century

Acquired not later than 1602

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 (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-12: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)