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

MS. Bodl. 57

Summary Catalogue no.: 2004


Summary of Contents: Miscellaneous theological and moral pieces in Latin, of which there is a full list in the Old Catalogue of 1697 and which cannot be treated summarily. The chief items, which are surrounded by numberless odd notes and memoranda, apparently collected by a monk of St. Mary's abbey at Leicester, are listed below.

Physical Description

at least twelve parts
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 219 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 7.375 × 5.625 in.


Partly with illuminated capitals.


Origin: c. 1300 ; England, Leicester Abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Leicester Abbey: evidence of contents.

A nearly erased inscription on fol. a 213v shows that this MS. was owned by Henry Jackson of Corpus Christi college, Oxford, on May 21, 1600.

Apparently acquired by purchase from him about 1619-20.

MS. Bodl. 57 - part A


1. (fol. 1)
Lectiones ix de s. Francisco et collecta
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 2)
‘Le rule seint Austin’
Incipit: Deuant tuttes choses, cher freres
Language(s): French
3. (fol. 4v)

Three French poems on the 'Cinc joies notre Dame', translations from originals by Jacopone da Todi. Other French pieces are at fols. 74, 91, 217v.

Incipit: Gloriuse Dame
Incipit: Ave sainte Marie
Incipit: Madame par cele joie
Language(s): French
4. (fol. 6v)
Edmund of Abingdon (?), Prayer
Rubric: Oracio sancti Eadmundi archiepiscopi Cantuariensis
Incipit: Duz Sire Ihesu Crist aiez merci de mei
Incipit: Ave sainte Marie

Followed by twelve Latin prayers: cf. fol. 153v, 162v. At fol. 15 is the Mattins office of his feast.

Language(s): French and Latin
(fols. 11, 20v, 64, 81, 95)

Some Latin glosses on Old Testament words.

(fol. 20)
⟨Alanus, ab Insulis⟩, ⟨Rhythmus de incarnatione Christi et de septem artibus⟩

Latin verses on the Trivium and Quadrivium, Arithmetic being omitted

Incipit: Exceptiuam accionem uerbum patris suscipit
Language(s): Latin
6. (fol. 12)

A description of Maundy Thursday offices and duties in a monastery. Cf. fol. 150 (a diary of the monastic day, beginning 'Cadente orlogio in momento').

Incipit: In die Cene. Post capitulum indicet prelatus
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 14v)

Oratio et vi lectiones de sancto Cedde (Chad), and (fol. 16) Oratio et ix lectiones de sancto Hugone episcopo Lincolniensi.

Language(s): Latin

MS. Bodl. 57 - part B


Language(s): Latin

8. (fol. 21)

The hymn 'Ave maris stella' with a commentary, in Latin. At fol. 26 are some apocryphal stories of the infancy of Jesus: beg. 'Cum esset Ihesus annorum .v. ludebat cum infantibus'.

9. (fol. 28)
Rubric: Verba cuiusdam Sapientis
Incipit: Fuit quidam Quirinus nomine

With other narrationes, cf. foll. 55, 69v, 143.

MS. Bodl. 57 - part C


Language(s): Latin

10. (fol. 53)

At fol. 66v is a short rhythmical piece 'Documenta clericorum Stephani de Lanketon' (Langton)

Incipit: Non te lusisse pudeat
11. (fols. 68v, 89v)
Rubric: Versus magistri Baire, de porco uacuo dato
Incipit: Porci donator

MS. Bodl. 57 - part D


(fol. 73)

Partly by Caesarius of Arles (foll. 73, 74v)

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 74)
Apostles' Creed in verse
Incipit: Io crei en Deu

The words on fol. 53 follow on those of fol. 83v.

Language(s): French

MS. Bodl. 57 - part E


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 84)
Sermons and notes

Cf. fol. 157.

(fol. 90)
Proverbia Wiponis

After a leaf torn out, here without title or author, in rhythmical verse, composed A.D. 1027.

Incipit: Pax Henrico Dei amico | Decet regem discere legem

MS. Bodl. 57 - part F


14. (fol. 91)
(fol. 96)
Roger de Wesham, Instituta
Rubric: Instituta magistri Rogeri de Weshaam Episcopi Couentrensis
Incipit: Quoniam secundum Apostolum nemo potest
Language(s): Latin

At fol. 102v is a short English poem (DIMEV 6331, IMEV 3961)

Incipit: Vven i.o. the rode se | Faste nailed to the tre
Language(s): English
15. (fol. 103v)
Description of Jerusalem (Innominatus I)
Incipit: Si quis ab occidentalibus partibus Ierusalem adire uoluerit
Language(s): Latin

MS. Bodl. 57 - part G


Language(s): Latin

16. (fol. 105)
Ps.-Bernard, Meditationes piissimae de cognitione humanae conditionis
Incipit: Multi multa sciunt
17. (fol. 118)
Rubric: Opusculum quod est de confessione
Incipit: In exitu Israel ... Facta est Iudea

Iin two parts, with lists of the ten and fifteen chapters respectively: cf. fols. 17v, 23, 37, 187v.

MS. Bodl. 57 - part H


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 132)
Bonaventura, Incendium Amoris

Here without title or author's name, dealing with each subject by triplicities.

Incipit: Ecce descripsi eam tibi tripliciter, etc. Cum omnis scientia gerat trinitatis insigne.

At fol. 139 follow hymns, and at fol. 141v are metrical verses, 'Lectiones de Domina [sc. beata Maria] que inuente fuerunt super Sepulcrum Domini in aduentu Salandi' [i. e. Saladini]

Incipit: Sol descendens per auroram

MS. Bodl. 57 - part I


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 145)
Ps.-Bernard, De caritate
Incipit: Cogit me instantia caritatis tue, monachorum mihi amantissime

Migne's Patrol. Lat. 184, col. 583, but only four and a half chapters are here: ends 'omnibus occurrit'.

At fol. 153v is a religious rhythmical poem

Incipit: Mens, affectus, ratio queso conuenite
(fol. 174v)
Alexander de Villa Dei, Carmen de Algorismo
Incipit: Hec Algorismus ars presens dicitur

MS. Bodl. 57 - part J


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 176)
Chronicle of England, 1216-1224

Excerpts, with a list of English bishoprics, etc.: on fol. 177v are two entries of events at Leicester in 1173-5.

MS. Bodl. 57 - part K


Language(s): Latin

21. (fol. 178)
(fol. 180v)
Robert Grosseteste, Serm. 84
Rubric: Incipit sermo magistri Roberti Grossi Capitis Lincolniensis Episcopi
Incipit: Maria optimam partem ... Bene nouit caritas uestra

Thomson, Grosseteste, p. 181.

22. (fol. 182v)
Hugh of Fouilloy, De claustro animae (extract)
Rubric: Summa de claustro anime

The first seven and a half chapters of the 3rd book, ends 'redundet in fructibus'.

MS. Bodl. 57 - part L


Language(s): Latin

23. (fol. 188)
Apocalypsis Goliae episcopi
Incipit: A tauro torrida

Verses 385-96, 421-end (Camd. Soc. edition, 1841) are omitted.

(fol. 191v)

A metrical poem ridiculing the complaints of the people of Stoughton (Stoctona) against the abbey of Leicester in 1296 or soon after

Incipit: Post incarnatum Verbum de Virgine natum
25. (fol. 192v)
William of Conches (?), Moralium dogma philosophorum
Rubric: Ysagoge in moralem philosophiam
Incipit: (preface) Moralium dogma philosophorum
Incipit: (text) Triplex est capiendi consilii deliberatio

MS. Bodl. 57 - endleaves (fols. ii-iii)


Language(s): Latin

Much injured leaves from the older binding containing part of a Goliardic Latin poem, of which the last line is 'Pugnis scalpit scabiem [?] caro dum incendit.

Additional Information

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-09: Revised to incorporate all information in SC.