MS. Bodl. 655
Summary Catalogue no.: 2397
Divided into three books, each with separate foliation, keyed to the table of contents on i verso - ii verso.
Commentaries on Decretales Gregorii IX lib. II tit. 5, 7, followed by ‘De appellacionibus’, with forms of appeals, followed by commentary on Decretales Gregorii IX lib. II tit. 39, lib. I tit. 33, lib. III tit. 25–7. Drawn at least in part from Goffredo di Trani, Summa super titulis Decretalium.
Fol. 246r blank.
Letter of Innocent III, 1207 (PL 215.1205), followed by gloss on the same; followed by Decretales Gregorii IX lib. V tit. 40 c. 1 with gloss as pr. in the edition of 1582.
Extracts (?); commentary on Decretales Gregorii IX lib. III tit. 11, 10, 9, 6, 15–24, 12–13, 38; lib. V tit. 34; lib. II tit. 1, 3–6, 7, as pr. [Cologne, c. 1480–1], ISTC it00423000.
Also many small miscellaneous texts, theological extracts, etc., scattered throughout the volume.
The table of contents on fol. 288v lists as the last treatise ‘Qualiter spiritus sanctus concipitur in vtero virginis’, perhaps referring to the fragmentary text on the incarnation on fol. 286r-v which begins ‘] humanam animam proprie carni presidentem […] [Gregory, Moralia in Iob, xxx.10] Notandum quod dicitur(?) animatam carnem christum … inter uterum uirginis condidisse’, and is followed by a bull of Alexander III and by a note on the Marys.
1 col., c. 33–41 lines, written space c. 167–75 × 95–100 mm.
Fleuronnée initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 532)
Whittawed leather over boards with traces of chemise, ‘period 3’ (c. 1230–1450).
Provenance and Acquisition
‘⟨Liber … sancte(?) marie de Thornholm⟩ quem scripsit frater Robertus de ⟨Sa…⟩ apud Oseney Anno domini Mo.CCCo. Secundo et Tercio’ (fol. 288v). Pächt and Alexander and MLGB note the the main script of the manuscript looks earlier, but Watson suggests that the ex libris ‘was probably written by a Thornholm librarian, who would know the circumstances’.
Thornholme, Augustinian priory, see above.
‘Liber Willelmi Danyell’, fol. 287v, mid-sixteenth century.
Thomas Allen, acquired by him in 1598 (?) (fol. 1)
Presented by him to the Bodleian in 1601.
Last Substantive Revision
2019-03-25: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson and SC.