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

MS. Bodl. 698

Summary Catalogue no.: 2521


(fol. 1)
De Isaac uel anima
Rubric: Liber beati Ambrosii De Isaac et anima
(fol. 10v)
De fuga saeculi
Rubric: De fuga seculi
(fol. 18)
De Iacob et uita beata
Rubric: De Iacob et uita beata
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 31v)
Ps.-Remigius of Auxerre, De Dedicatione Ecclesiarum
Rubric: De consecratione ęcclesiarum
Incipit: Morem quem sancta ęcclesia tenet
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 40v)
Augustine, De beata uita
Rubric: Liber beati Augustini de beata vita
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 50)
Ps.-Augustine, De quattuor uirtutibus caritatis
Rubric: De iiii virtutibus karitatis
Incipit: Desiderium karitatis uestre
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 52)
Ps.-Augustine (Quodvultdeus), Sermo de tempore barbarico
Rubric: Agustinus de tempore barbarico
Incipit: Admonet Dominus Deus
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 55v)
Ps.-Augustine (Quodvultdeus), Sermo de quarta feria
Rubric: Liber beati Augustini de Quarta feria ebdomade maioris
Incipit: Celesti gratię & spiritali pluvię
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 59)
Ps.-Augustine (Quodvultdeus), Sermo de tempore barbarico (The same item as fol. 52 above)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 64 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13 × 9.5 in.


Fols 1-8 slightly injured, many leaves stained


2 cols


Good and other initials (Pächt and Alexander iii. 74).


Origin: 12th century, beginning ; England, Salisbury

Provenance and Acquisition

Salisbury, Wiltshire, Cathedral church of St Mary the Virgin: (MLGB3); see medieval manuscripts removed from Sherborne in 1078(?)

Teresa Webber, Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075-c. 1125 (1992), argues that the Salisbury collection represents the earliest English attempt to adopt the recommendations of Cassiodorus in the Institutiones and Augustine in the Retractiones, and that MS Bodl. 698 was written at Salisbury as part of that initiative (p. 36 and fns 19 and 20). Webber states (p. 43) that the Salisbury canons possessed the earliest extant English copies of over fifteen Augustine or Pseudo-Augustinian texts, amongst them 'De beata vita' (fol. 40v) in MS. Bodl. 698. Webber (p. 58) extends this to texts by Ambrose also, noting that 'Salisbury produced the earliest or one of the earliest extant English copies of [...] several opuscula of Ambrose (Oxford, Bodl. Libr., MSS Bodley 698, 768 and 835)'

'Liber bibliothecae Sarisburiensis 3' (s. xvii): No. 3 in a set of 7 numbered manuscripts from Salisbury (no. 1 has not been identified). The other 6 manuscripts are: No. 2: MS. Bodl. 756, No. 4: MS. Bodl. 765 , No. 5: MS. Bodl. 768, No. 6: MS. Bodl. 516,

Salisbury Cathedral library was raided in the English Civil War, and this manuscript was probably given (as part of the set of 7 manuscripts) to the Bodleian during or soon after the war, but it is not found in Bodleian lists until about 1655

Record Sources

Description adapted (December 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited. Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-12-12: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)