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

MS. Bodl. 386

Summary Catalogue no.: 2211


Vitas patrum
(fol. 1)
Historia monachorum (tr. Rufinus)
Rubric: Vita sanctorum Patrum
Rubric: ⟨Na⟩rratio sancti Hieronimi pres⟨b⟩iteri

At the end are added:

Jerome, Vita S. Malchi
(fol. 51v)
Vita Frontonii
Incipit: Qui homo Dei & Christi
BHL 3192
(fol. 54)
Ps.-Athanasius, De obseruationibus monachorum
Rubric: Liber sancti Athanasii episcopi de exortatione monachorum

Preceded by a list of nine Capitula in Vitas Patrum, which include this piece and part of the next article.

(fol. 58)
Ps.-Jerome, Verba seniorum
Rubric: […] Adortationes sanctorum Patrum perfectionesque monachorum, quas de Greco in Latinum trastulit beatus Ieronimus presbiter

Books 5 and 6 of the De Vitis Patrum, as printed in Migne's Patrol. Lat. tom. 73, coll. 855-1022: between the books, however, is a rubric (at fol. 147v) stating that Pelagius diaconus translated up to that point, and Johannes subdiaconus the rest, see also fol. 163. The lower margin of fol. 144 is cut off.

(fol. 163)
Ps.-Macarius, Epistola ad monachos (ep. 4)
Rubric: Epistola sancti Macharii monachi ad filios
Incipit: In primis quidem si ceperit
(fol. 164v)
Vita S. Marinae
Incipit: Frater quidam erat secularis
BHL 31552892

On the verso of fol. 173 were added in the 13th cent. some lections for the 'Dominica infra octauas sancte Marie', incomplete.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 174 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.5 × 8.5 in.


Partly in poor condition.


Double columns


Coloured capitals.


White leather on boards, clasp lost, English 15th cent. work.


Origin: 12th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Shelford, Nottinghamshire, Augustinian priory of St Mary the Virgin: 'Liber sancte Marie de shelford' in red at head of second col. of fol. 1r (s. xii or xiii) -- inscr. faded so that l and r are not quite certain and f might be s. (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

On fol. 73 a metal stilus has drawn two shields, (1) a cross battonnée with eight arms, (2) a fesse undy with indistinct additions.

Windsor, collegiate chapel. Usual chain marks on medieval binding (s. xv), which generally resembles MS. Bodl. 192. The leaf in the binding was in use in binding in s. xv as scribbles show. (MLGB3: inferred evidence)

Given to Bodley by the Dean and Canons of Windsor in 1612. (MLGB3)

MS. Bodl. 386 - endleaves (fols. i, 174)


Language(s): Latin

Missal (fragment)

From the temporale: portion of the passion of St Matthew, the offertory of Palm Sunday and of the masses for the subsequent Monday and Tuesday. In the passions two parts are indicated by s and c.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 4 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 248 × 166 mm.
Lower margin out


32 lines, written space 205 × 112 mm.


Initials alternately in green and red.


Origin: 11th century, early ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2022) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 5: Fragments - Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 163 [endleaves]
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-05-20: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and van Dijk.