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

MS. Bodl. 814

Summary Catalogue no.: 2683


William Langland, Piers Plowman

The titles of the divisions are, after the prologue, 'Visio Petri le Ploughman' (fol. 3v); 'Dowel' (fol. 31v); 'Dobet' or 'Debet' (fol. 60v); 'Dobest' (fol. 87v)

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 98 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.5 × 7.5 in.


Penwork (border and initials)


Origin: 15th century, first half ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'This booke apartanithe vntoe Thomas Hobsun', 16th century

There are scribbles on fols 92v-94, including 'Henrye Heyghte'

Presented by Sir Richard Worseley in 1607

MS. Bodl. 814, flyleaves



Parts of two leaves of Latin sermons are in the binding. See MS. Auct. F. 5. 30, MS. Bodl. 177 and MS. Bodl. 489

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment


Origin: 13th century (?)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (January 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-30: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)