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

MS. Bodl. 812

Summary Catalogue no.: 2679


1. (fol. 1)
Guilemus de Baliona OFM, Sermones de tempore
Explicit: Expliciunt sermones a Natiuitate Domini vsque ad Aduentum, de Tempore

Schneyer II.416-421 (not listing this manuscript), nos. 9 (end only)-60.

The first 24 leaves are lost, and the text begins 'gaudet sancta anima'. The next sermon begins 'Vincere in bono malum ... Duces exercitus' (Schneyer no. 10).

At fol. 137v are two indexes of subjects, partly on erased writings, and at fol. 243v yet another (added) index of subjects, entitled 'Kalendarium siue concordancie super Summam Abiciamus per ordinem alpbabeti'

Language(s): Latin with several phrases in Middle French
2. (fol. 139)
Nicholas de Byard, Summa de abstinentia
Rubric: Distincciones Parisiensis de modo predicandi
Incipit: De abstinencia. Duplex est abstinencia, detestabilis & laudabilis

At the head is: 'Sunt hoc collecta libro uulgalia multa. Ex alphabeto distincte scripta teneto. Et positum titulo quodlibet est proprio'

At fol. 239 follow 'Adaptaciones omnium sermonum in hoc libello [sc. in Distinctionibus supradictis] contentorum prout competunt sabbatis dominicis & feriis tocius anni', and a list of the 134 chapters

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 246 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.625 × 8.125 in.
Foliation: There are several sets of numberings of the columns and leaves of this volume




2 cols


Illuminated capitals


Origin: 14th century, early ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Windsor, Berkshire, Royal collegiate chapel of St George: Usual chain mark shows at the beginning of the manuscript.

Column numbering begins at fol. 97

'E J' at head of fol. 1r. 'Precium xx sol.' on fol. 245v

'Ebraice betsaide' (s. xvi in.?) on fol. 245v, followed by the same sort of flourish as occurs commonly after the Windsor pressmark (MLGB3)

Presented by the dean and canons of Windsor in 1612

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes and Matthew Holford from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited and with additional description of item 1.


Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-28: Identification of item 1 as Guliemus de Balione.