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

MS. Bodl. 480

Summary Catalogue no.: 2020


The Pricking of Love
Final rubric: Thus endith that tretice called Stimulus Amoris, compiled be that deuowte doctor Bonaventure

Middle English version of James of Milan (Ps.-Bonaventure), Stimulus amoris, perhaps by Walter Hilton .

The first leaf has been almost entirely cut out, and its place supplied by a 16th cent. transcript on three pages, which begins 'Stimulus Amoris. How a man shall have Christis Passion in minde ...Al forwonderid of our selffe'. Similarly fol. 25 is a later substitute.

Language(s): English

On fol. 64v a 16th cent. hand has written two English stanzas on the book (beg. 'Thowgh some thing in thys booke')(DIMEV 5884, NIMEV 3706.6), a Latin sentence, and then ‘S. and B. belonges to me; ijs’: the stanzas are over some older English lines, of which the first two are 'Who so euer on me doth loke | I am my w .... ladys boke' (DIMEV 6623, NIMEV 4138).

The first verses identified as being in the hand of Stephen Batman (M. Parkes, 'Stephen Batman's manuscripts', in id., Pages from the past: medieval writing skills and manuscript books, no. 16).

Language(s): English and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 64 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 9.75 × 7 in.


Good initials.

Additions with historiated initial of 16th century, second half.

Contemporary notes on the illumination, fol. 64v. (P&A iii. 951)


Plain white sheepskin on bevelled boards, 15th cent. English work, repaired.


Origin: 15th century, first half; additions, 16th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'My lady Marques Dorsettes booke. Ihesus Maria': dated to c. 1400 by Parkes (op. cit.) and tentatively identified by him with Margaret (Holland) (-1439) wife of John Beaufort (-1410).

Stephen Batman (-1584) ; see fol. 64v.

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 951 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-20: Description revised to include all information from SC.