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

MS. Bodl. 624

Summary Catalogue no.: 2158


Language(s): Latin

Simon Meopham (?), Speculum regis Edwardi tercii
Rubric: Speculum Regis Edwardi tercij per Symonem Ysleep Cantuariensem archiepiscopum, quorum animabus propicietur Deus. Amen [added later]
Incipit: O domine mi rex. vtinam saperes

Advice to Edward III on the state of his kingdom and the method of ruling it, and including (fol. 24) twenty-four admonitions of Louis IX of France to his son Philip, A.D. 1270. This MS. represents the 2nd recension, see J. Moisant's edition (Paris, 1891, 80). Also ascribed to Simon Islip.

A 15th cent. distich on fol. iiiv suggests a Simon connected with Ely ('Letentur celi. quia Symon transit ab Ely | Ob cuius aduentum flent in Kent milia centum').

At fol. 44 is added in a 15th cent. hand a short medical treatise on the 'sex res non naturales' as relating to health (air, food, sleep, etc.): beg. 'Virorum optime'.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 49 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 6.375 × 4.625 in.


Origin: 14th century, fourth quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Donum Roberti Stamford militis': this cannot have been later than 1609, see Reliquiæ Bodleianæ, p. 315, Nov. 30, 1609, at which date the volume had been temporarily lost.

Record Sources

Description abbreviated (July 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Description revised to include all information in Summary Catalogue.