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

MS. Bodl. 447

Summary Catalogue no.: 2680


Bede, De tabernaculo
Incipit: Locuturi iuuante Domino

The contents of Book I are summarized on fol. i verso

Book II begins on fol. 25 and Book III on fol. 62

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 110 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.25 × 6.75 in.


Written in more than one hand


Pächt and Alexander iii. 120



Plain white sheepskin on boards (15th century English work).


Origin: 12th century, first half ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'Jo. Prisei. 1553'. Fol. i: 'Jo. Prise vindicauit hunc librum a tinearum morsibus'. N. R. Ker, 'Sir John Prise' The Library, 10 (1955), p. 5, notes that 'About one-tenth of all existing manuscripts of English origin of Bede's theological works belonged to Prise'. On Prise's efforts to preserve fragile manuscripts, see also Christopher Ian Tuckley, 'The Book Collection at St Guthlac’s Priory, Hereford, Before 1200: Acquisition, Adaptation and Use' (2009), p. 116

Presented to the Bodleian by Sir Walter Cope in 1602

Record Sources

Description adapted (January 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited. Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-30: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)