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

MS. Bodl. 521

Summary Catalogue no.: 2182


Language(s): Latin

Henry of Huntingdon, Historia anglorum

Version 6, redaction B ('Marianist' abbreviation), ending 1154; siglum Bb (desc. p. cxxiv) in the edition by Diana Greenway, Oxford Medieval Texts, 1996.

A 15th cent. title on fol. ivv is 'Historia Anglorum contexte a Henrico Huntundunensi archidiacono anno ab incarnacione Domini Mºcº xºl vº'.

A 15th cent. hand has added on fol. 108 a satirical Latin poem

Incipit: Religiosorum sunt hee species viciorum

There are notes throughout the book, many of which are in the minute hand of John Stow the chronicler. Other annotations by John Joscelyn (MLGB3)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 111 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.75 × 6.875 in.


2 cols.

Accompanying Material

Fol. 109 is part of a leaf of some early 14th cent. accounts of St. Augustine's abbey at Canterbury, which probably owned the book: cf. f. 108v.


Origin: 14th century, late ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Canterbury, Benedictine abbey of St Augustine (see above), fols. 108v, 109.

'Arnold', 16th cent. (fol. ivv): Thomas Arnold (fl. 1368–75), monk of St Augustine's and donor to the monastery.

'Liber Ioannis ⟨Tw⟩y⟨ne⟩ ex dono [....] patris sui 1578' on fol. 1r, erased but visible by u-v light. (MLGB3)

'Sum liber Georgij Godwin', 16th cent.

'Thomas Lancaster of New Winsor', late 16th cent.

'Samuell Parker', late 16th cent.

'John Stowe' about A. (d. 1600 (fol. iv, 1, 108: partly erased).

Presented by sir Henry Savile in 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited.


Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-06: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC with reference to select published literature.