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

MS. Bodl. 622

Summary Catalogue no.: 2156


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1)
De origine gigantum
Rubric: De origine gigantum in insula Albion
Incipit: Anglia modo dicta, olim Albion
James P. Carley and Julia Crick, ‘Constructing Albion’s Past: An Annotated Edition of De Origine Gigantum’, in Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition, ed. by James P. Carley (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001) [repr. from Arthurian Literature 13]
(fol. 4)
Rubric: Compendium de Britannia siue Anglia
Incipit: Quoniam simplicioribus foret difficile
(fol. 6)
Rubric: De episcopatibus
Incipit: Archiepiscopatus Eboracensis
Rubric: 'De Normannis' (fol. 6v)
(fol. 6v)
Quaedam narratio de nobili rege Arthuro
Rubric: Quedam narracio de nobili rege Arthuro
Incipit: Dominus Deus uniuersorum conditor
James P. Carley, ‘A Glastonbury Translator at Work: Quedam Narracio de Nobile Rege Arthuro and De Origine Gigantum in Their Earliest Manuscript Contexts’, Nottingham French Studies, 30.2 (1991), 5–12
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 11)
Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae
Rubric: Gaufridi Monemutensis de Gestis Britonum

On fol. 11v is a list of contents by J. More.

On fols. iii v, 113v, 116 are short English and Latin verses and miscellanea. For the English verses see DIMEV 154, 5147, 6342.

Language(s): Middle English and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 118 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.375 × 5.5 in.


Illuminated capitals, etc.

Marginal drawing. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 479)


Origin: 13th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Constat J: ⟨Cliffe⟩ [represented by the musical clef-signature, C],' 15th cent.

'Liber domini Johannis More emptus a magistro Thoma Chirk [or Quirk?: then, added:]

'Et jam magistri Johannis Cole de dono domini Johannis Clerk', both 15th cent.

'Liber Willelmi Derlyngton', 16th cent.

Presented by sir Henry Savile in 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 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. 479 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Description revised to include all information in Summary Catalogue with reference to published literature as cited.