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

MS. Bodl. 401

Summary Catalogue no.: 2232


Apocalypse with commentary (French prose apocalypse)
Incipit: (prologue) (fol. 1r) Seint poul le apostel dist
Incipit: (text) (fol. 3r) Ie iohan uostre frere et parcener en tribulacion
Explicit: et en alme sanz fin regnet. Amen.
Final rubric: Ici finist le liure qe home appelle lapocalipse

As pr. (except for the prologue) L'apocalypse en français au XIIIe siècle (Bibl. nat., fr. 403), ed. L. Delisle et P. Meyer (1901)

Language(s): Anglo-Norman

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 73 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.625 × 7 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 649, pl. LXV:





Stamped leather on bevelled boards, London work with initials ‘E.B.’, c. 1600; rebacked, but the old back is preserved, and one of the two metal clasps.


Origin: 14th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms, fol. 72r, in trick: argent (?), two bars ermine, with two mottos: ‘Quo fata vocant’ and ‘Fato prudentia maior’, 16th cent.: unidentified.

‘THE . GYFT . OF THE . LA . Brokett’ (binding, stamped on upper board): unidentified.

Acquired between 1605 and 1611.

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2023) from the Summary Catalogue (1922) with additional reference to published literature as cited. Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (23 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-05: Revised to incorporate all information from Summary Catalogue