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

MS. Bodl. 85

Summary Catalogue no.: 2289


Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, in Middle English ('Primer')
(fol. 1)

Sarum calendar

(fol. 7)

Hours of the Virgin, with which are worked in the Hours of the Holy Cross in rhyme (fol. 26, etc.)

(fol. 51)

The Penitential Psalms with litany, etc.

(fol. 68v)

'Placebo an Dirige', the service for the dead

(fol. 99)

The Commendation of Souls

Language(s): Middle English
Treatise on the Ten Commandments
Incipit: Thes ben the Ten Hestis. Alle manere of men shuld holde Goddis biddyngis
Explicit: Abryngith in deth to mannis sou

Followed by some passages of Scripture, imperfect at end

Language(s): Middle English
3. (fol. iii verso)
Medical recipe,

16th century

Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 124 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.5 × 5.75 in.


Missing two leaves after fol. 101, and one after fol. 102


Pächt and Alexander iii. 691

Good borders



Origin: 14th century, end ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

The beginning of the Will of John Harfor⟨d⟩ of Twyford in Hampshire is scribbled in a 16th century hand on fol. 1

'Liber Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ ex dono Edoardj Laks [for Lake?, cf. fol. 1] Rectoris de Linckinholt [Linckenholt] in Dioc. de Winton Augusti 3° 1626.'

MS. Bodl. 85, flyleaves


(fol. i)
Treatise on Canon Law
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment




Origin: 14th century ; England

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-03-21: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)