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

MS. Bodl. 806

Summary Catalogue no.: 2688


Sermons on the Sunday Gospels throughout the year
Language(s): Middle English
Incipit: Cum appropinquasset Ihesus ... This Gospel telleth hot whenne Ihesus (1st Sunday in Advent)
Final rubric: Expliciunt Ewangelia dominicalia

Suzanne Yeager, 'Jewish Identity in "The Siege of Jerusalem" and Homiletic Texts: Models of Penance and Victims of Vengeance for the Urban Apocalypse', Medium Ævum 80 (2011), p. 72, notes that this collection was influenced by the Wycliffite cycle, and is known to have influenced two subsequent sermon collections. The sermons in this manuscript, Yeager observes, were assembled by a compiler working from sources of Odo of Cheriton and Nicholas of Aquevilla

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 143 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.25 × 6.125 in.


Slightly worm-eaten


Origin: 15th century ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

In spite of the sermons being in English, this is probably the 'Homiliæ incerto authore' in the 1602 Catalogue, which became 'Homil. in Evang. Dominicalia' in 1605 marked H. 6. 3Th., and 'Evangelia Dominicalia cum comm . Anglicè' in 1620 marked E. 3. 12 Th.

The manuscript must have been acquired in 1602 at latest

Record Sources

Description adapted (February 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922) ), with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2023-02-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)