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MS. Bodl. 834

Summary Catalogue no.: 2540

Historia Apollonii regis Tyri, Historia de rege Avemour; England, 15th century


1. (fol. 1)
Historia Apollonii regis Tyri
Rubric: Incipiunt Gesta Appolonij Regis Tiri et Sidonis
Incipit: Fuit quidam rex in Antiochia
Explicit: Explicit Eventus Tyri Appolonij

The riddles are ten in number (fol. 18)

Language(s): Latin
1a. (fol. 23v)
Life of Secundus
Rubric: De quodam philosopho nomine Secundo
Incipit: Erat quidam philosophus qui ab antiquo tempore perpetuum silencium conseruauit
Language(s): Latin
Vincent de Beauvais, Historia de rege Avemour
Rubric: Incipit Historia de Rege Auemour et eius dicto contra Christianos. secundum Vincencium [Bellovacensem] sexti decimi libri Speculi Historialis
Incipit: Fuit in India Rex quidam nomine Auemour, diues et potens
(extract from Speculum historiale, book XVI (?))

An abridgement by Vincent of Beauvais of the well-known story of Barlaam and Josaphat. The title in the manuscript of 'de rege Auemour' ['Aueniour'] is rare.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii + 76 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.625 × 8.375 in.


Fol. 12 has been damaged by fire


Illuminated capitals.


Origin: 15th century ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

The manuscript first appears in Bodleian lists about 1655

Record Sources

Description adapted (December 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)

Last Substantive Revision

2022-12-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)