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

MS. Bodl. 853

Summary Catalogue no.: 2612


Language(s): Latin

Peter Lombard, Sententiarum libri IV

Here without author's name: there is a general prologue, and lists of chapters before each book, and some notes.

2. (fols. 265-70)
Summa de poenitentia (imperfect at beginning and end)
Incipit: ||assit et in quacumque hora ingemuerit
Explicit: solus episcopus eis imponit||

Ends in a chapter on the order of deacons.

On fol. 271v is a form of letter from 'Tomas Wynchon [?]' to 'brother Day', complaining that the latter has not written to him, 16th cent.

Language(s): English

There are notes written with a metal stilus on fols. ii-iii.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 273 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.5 × 6.75 in.


2 cols




Origin: 13th century, end ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Reading, Berkshire, Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary the Virgin (?): According to Langbaine, this manuscript belonged to Reading (MLGB3)

William Burdet of Sonning? (MLGB3)

Former Bodleian mark 'Med. 13' (MLGB3)

"From no. 8620, pp. 176 et sqq., this manuscript belonged to Reading abbey, and so no doubt was presented by Wm Burdet of Sonning in 1608. However, it is possible that this manuscript and MS. Bodl. 695 ought to change places, since Thomas Barlow gives 'L. 3. 8' Th. as the old pressmark of MS. Bodl. 695, but Barlow's list of old pressmarks is not certainly correct" (Summary Catalogue)

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-14: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)