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

MS. Bodl. 453

Summary Catalogue no.: 2403


1. (fol. 1)
Treatise on the three Creeds
Incipit: (preface) Est quedam mensura fidei

The first chapter is 'De sufficiencia articulorum in Simbolo contentorum': at fol. 14 is an exposition of a fourth creed, 'Magnum symbolum in Missa cantatum'.

N. R. Häring, 'Commentaries on the Pseudo-Athanasian Creed', Mediaeval Studies, 34 (1972), 208-252 at 237 (no. 22), listing this ms. only.
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 16)
Commentary on the Decalogue
Incipit: Si autem vis ad vitam […] Karissimi fratres et sorores quidam predicant

Bloomfield 5613 (listing also MS. Laud Misc. 524), cf. 5520 (BL. Harley MS. 1298 fols. 109-126).

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 57)
Thomas Docking, Commentary on the Decalogue (De praeceptis decalogi)
Incipit: Expositio fratris Thome Dockyng super preceptis Decalogi secundum formam textus Deuteronomij quinto etc.
Incipit: Non habebis deos alienos in conspectu meo, hoc est in corde […] Jer. 17. Ego sum Dominus

Stegmüller 8095, Bloomfield 3270

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 93 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11 × 7.375 in.


Illuminated capitals.


White leather on bevelled boards, English contemporary work, clasps lost, worm-eaten.


Origin: 15th century, first half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Windsor, Berkshire, Royal collegiate chapel of St George: Medieval binding, much repaired. Usual chain mark. Mark "CX" on verso of flyleaf facing the first page, near top. (MLGB3: inferred evidence).

Seen by Bale at Windsor, c. 1550-60. (MLGB3)

Presented by the dean and canons of Windsor in 1612.

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2022) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to other published literature as cited.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-06: Revised to incorporate all information in Summary Catalogue.