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

MS. Bodl. 688

Summary Catalogue no.: 2502


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. i-viii)
(fols. i-ii, vii-viii)
Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Ezechielem

Four leaves of a 15th cent. MS., including the close of a preceding treatise. Signatures k iii-k vi.

(fol. iii)
Theological notes

Fols. iv-iv mostly blank.

a. (fol. 1)
Rubric: Tabula omeliarum Gregorii super Euangelia


b. (fol. 4v)
Rubric: Tabula omeliarum Gregorii pape super Ezechielem

Alphabetical, with explanatory note, followed (fol. 11) by some theological notes; cf. fols. 15, 16v, 34v, 40v.

c. (fol. 11v)

Eusebian canons applied to a metrical synopsis of the Gospels

Incipit: (preface) Canon grece secundum Ysidorum
Incipit: Matheus. A generat b magos vocat Egiptum petit exit
d. (fol. 15)

Table showing which homilies of a above suit particular Sundays 'secundum vsum Sarum.'

e. (fol. 16v)

Memorial verses for the books of the Bible.

Incipit: Pentateu Generat Exitque Leui Nume Deutro
f. (fol. 17)
Rubric: Exempla sacre Scripture

Arranged alphabetically under subjects.

g. (fol. 28)
Epistle and Gospel list

Temporale (fol. 28); sanctorale (fol. 32); common of the saints (fol. 33); votive masses (fol. 34); masses for the dead (fol. 34). Incipits and explicits.

h. (fol. 37)
Ps.-Origen, Homily on Maria stabat
Rubric: Omelia Origenis de Maria Magdalena
Incipit: In illo tempore Maria...Audiuimus fratres Mariam ad monumentum
3. (fol. 41)
Gregory the Great, De cura pastorali
Rubric: Regule pastorales Gregorij pape vrbis Rome
4. (fol. 74v)
Gregory the Great, Dialogi
Rubric: Dialogi Gregorij pape
5. (fol. 117)
Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in euangelia
Rubric: Sancti Euangelij...lectiones .xl. exposite a beato Gregorio urbis Rome papa

Preceded by a preface and list.

6. (fol. 191v)
Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Ezechielem
Rubric: Omelie beati Gregorij...super Ezechielem
7. (fol. 276v)
Origen, Homilies on Joshua (tr. Rufinus, here attrib. Jerome)
Rubric: Tractatus sancti Hieronimi in libro Ihesu Naue
8. (fol. 314)
Hugh of Fleury, Historia ecclesiastica (here attrib. Ivo of Chartres; second redaction)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 335 × 230 mm.


(item 2g) 2 col. of 51 lines, written space 223 × 157 mm.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 993)


Contemporary binding of faded pink leather on boards.


Origin: 15th century and 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Given to Merton College by mr. William Felowys.

Acquired before c. 1646; probably given by Thomas James who had borrowed it from Merton (cf. Summary Catalogue I.79, 112).

Record Sources

S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957) (fols. 28–34); Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.