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

MS. Bodl. 381

Summary Catalogue no.: 2202


John the Deacon, Vita S. Gregorii papae
Rubric: Incipit prefatio in uita sancti Gregorii pontificis et Anglorum gentis apostoli
Final rubric: Explicit liber quartus vitę beati Gregorii Romani pontificis: Deo gratias; amen

In four books (fols. 3v, 29, 69v, 119v), each preceded by a list of chapters.

Language(s): Latin

On fol. 185 is one English gloss. 'ic pingige. Satago'

Language(s): Old English

On fol. 192v some Latin 12th cent. prayers to St. Augustine, and in a 13th cent. hand 'Agustine pater tu primus signa tulisti | Tum lauro dignus Laurentius iste secundus'.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 194 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.125 × 8.125 in.


Coloured capitals.

Accompanying Material

The present MS. Lat. bib. b. 2 (P), q.v., was removed from the binding of this manuscript in 1897.


Origin: 10th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Date: see Gneuss & Lapidge no. 381 ('England or English scribe on Continent?').

Canterbury, Benedictine abbey of St Augustine: 'Vita sancti Gregorii pape. Distinctio IXa Gradus V cum H': 'Liber sancti Augustini Cantuariensis', 'A', all early 14th cent. inscriptions. After 'Gradus' 'III' was originally written and a line drawn up through it soon after: and 'Distinctio' was altered to 'Distinctione'.

'THo: Allen: Dono Dedit in 1601.

MS. Bodl. 381 - endleaves (fols. i-ii)


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 9th century, third quarter ; France, North-East, perhaps Corbie (Gneuss & Lapidge, no. 570.1)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2011) from the Summary Catalogue (1922) with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-18: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC with reference to select published literature.