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MS. Bodl. 756

Summary Catalogue no.: 2526


Ambrosiaster, Commentaries on the Epistles of St Paul

Each with prologue and with a separate rubric

(fol. 1)
(fol. 42v)
1 Corinthians
(fol. 73v)
2 Corinthians
(fol. 90)
(fol. 101v)
(fol. 110v)
(fol. 116v)
1 Thessalonians
(fol. 120)
2 Thessalonians
(fol. 122)
(fol. 128v)
(fol. 130v)
1 Timothy
(fol. 138)
2 Timothy
(fol. 142)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 145 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.875 × 8.375 in.


The lemmata are often in Uncials

Additions: Teresa Webber, Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075-c. 1125 (1992), p. 20, notes the experimental (and spasmodic) use of catchwords in this manuscript, 'unusual in England at this time'. Comparable examples from Salisbury are MS. Bodl. 392 and Salisbury Cathedral, MSS 9, 12, 33, 169, 221, and 222


White leather on worm-eaten boards, clasp lost, English 15th century work

Chainmark at foot of first cover in the centre; another at foot of second cover (MLGB3)


Origin: 11th century

Provenance and Acquisition

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

A Salisbury scribe (s. xii) wrote the letters 'D.M.' as a 'nota bene' sign in the margins of Aberdeen UL 216, MS. Bodl. 392, MS. Bodl. 444 (fols. 1-27), MS. Bodl. 756, MS. Bodl. 765, MS. Bodl. 768, MS. Bodl. 835, MS. Fell 1, MS. Fell 4, MS. Rawl. C. 723, Salisbury Cathedral, MSS. 10, 24, 25, 37, 67, 78, 88, 106, 128, 129, 135, 140, 154, 159, 165 (MLGB3); see Webber, Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075-c. 1125 (1992), pp. 132-139

'B' at head of fol. 1r (MLGB3)

'2. Liber Bibliothecae Saresburiensis' (s. xvii): No. 2 in a set of 7 numbered manuscripts from Salisbury (no. 1 has not been identified). The other 6 manuscripts are: No. 3: MS. Bodl. 698, No. 4: MS. Bodl. 765, No. 5: MS. Bodl. 768, No. 6: MS. Bodl. 516, No. 7: MS. Bodl. 835

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

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