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

MS. Bodl. 672

Summary Catalogue no.: 3005


Lucian of Chester, De laude Cestriae

Extracts only ed. M. V. Taylor in The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 64 (1912), and ed. M. Faulkner for the Mapping Medieval Chester project.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 198 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 154 × 112 mm.


1 col., 23–8 lines, written space 115–20 × 80 mm.


Coloured initials.



Whittawed leather over boards, c. 1200.


Origin: Before 1200 (1194 (?)) ; English, Chester, Benedictine abbey of St Werburgh (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Written before 1200: later entry ‘modo hic sumus’ against that year in the paschal cycle. Probably written in 1194. Contemporary notes at the bottom of several pages provide dates which fit only the years 1195 and 1206, and M. V. Taylor argued that the book was used for preaching by a monk other than the author or scribe in the first half of 1195. On fol. 1v. is a paschal cycle of thirty years (1195–1224) which begins ‘Annis triginta. prestum pasca. notaui hic: quibus elapsis. in compoto queratur. Incarnationis dominice. anno mº .cº .xcº .iiiiº. Rex ricardus uenit de alemannia. in media quadragesima.’ Internal evidence suggests the author was a monk of St Werburgh's abbey.

Rowland Asherus’ or ‘Asserus’, fol. 1, 16th century (?)

Late 16th century pen trial, fol. 125, ‘Henry tully is the’

Thomas Allen, -1632 (fols. 1, 2v).

Presented by him to the Bodleian in 1601.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources, with reference to published literature cited in the description:
Summary Catalogue (1922) [acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (10 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-03-27: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson.