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

MS. Bodl. 636

Summary Catalogue no.: 2002

Physical Description

Composite: two parts
Extent: ii + 224 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.125 × 5.875 in.


Illuminated capitals.

MS. Bodl. 636 – Part 1


1. (fol. 1)
Vincent de Beauvais, Speculum historiale (extract: the vision of Tundale)
Rubric: Extracta a XXV libro Speculi Historialis de raptu anime Tundali & eius visione

Fifteen chapters.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Origin: 15th century ; English

MS. Bodl. 636 – Part 2


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 25)
Adam of Eynsham, Visio Eadmundi
Rubric: Incipit Visio cuiusdam monachi de Eynesham
Incipit: Usu notissimum habetur

Ten leaves are wanting after fol. 37.

2. (fol. 80v)
Treatise on the Passion
Incipit: Passio Christi fuit ex dolore amara

Cf. Stegmüller, Bibl. 151,9 , , Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea, c. 53(51) De passione domini.

3. (fol. 91v)
Euangelium Nichodemi
Rubric: In nomine sancte Trinitatis incipiunt Gesta Saluatoris Domini nostri Iesu Christi, que inuenit Theodosius magnus imperator in Ierusalem in pretorio Poncij Pilati in codicibus puplicis
Incipit: Factum est in anno quinto decimo

Ends at the end of Pontius Pilate's letter 'gesta sunt de Iesu'.

4. (fol. 107v)
Testamentum XII Patriarcharum (tr. Robert Grosseteste )
Rubric: De Testamentis xiicim Patriarcharum a magistro Roberto Lincolniensi episcopo ex Hebreo translatis
Incipit: Dixit Ruben, Filii mei custodite omnia
5. (fol. 126)
Patristic extracts
Rubric: De fide catholica & regulari obediencia
Incipit: Agustinus. Non appellanda fides

A selection of Dicta Patrum: followed by a few clauses about benedictions and about heretics.

6. (fol. 132)
Regula S. Benedicti (abbreviated)
Rubric: Prologus Regule
Incipit: Quisquis abrenuncians propriis voluptatibus

Followed by a passage from 'magister Robertus prior et solitarius super Apocalipsim' (Robert of Bridlington?) (fol. 139: beg. 'Sicut enim ebrius'), and other short theological notes (fol. 139v). Three leaves are lost after fol. 143.

7. (fol. 144)
Ars moriendi ‘Quamuis secundum philosophum’
Incipit: Quamuis secundum philosophum tertio Ethicorum
Final rubric: Explicit liber Ars Moriendi
8. (fol. 152)
Isidore of Seville, Synonyma
Incipit: Homo, Anima mea in angustiis est

Preceded by a prologue giving title and author, and Isidorus's preface to the reader: ends, near the end of the 2nd book, 'omnia mihi placent': about half a page has been written twice by an error, see fol. 154.

9. (fol. 180)
Jerome, Ep. 53
Incipit: Frater Ambrosius tua mihi'

Migne's Patrol. Lat. xxii. 540): but there is some confusion in the text on fol. 182v and elsewhere: some theological notes follow, on fol. 187.

10. (fol. 188)

St. Thomas of Canterbury (six), st. Andrew (three), and for the five Feasts of the Virgin (fifteen).

11. (fol. 195)
Nicholas of Amiens, Ars fidei catholicae
Rubric: Incipit prologus de Articulis Fidei, editus a Nicolao autorizatus a Clemente, papa tercio
12. (fol. 214)
Short treatise on the Vices and Virtues
Incipit: Superbia est radix et summa omnium vitiorum
13. (fol. 219)
Treatise on the Cross
Incipit: Post peccatum Ade

Fols. 1, 133, 136, 154 are injured.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper


Origin: 15th century ; English


'Iste liber constat domino J. Peny, secundo folio bibisset', 15th cent. (fol. 224).

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 186b

Last Substantive Revision

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