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MS. Bodl. 90

Summary Catalogue no.: 1887

Vie de gent de religion, Euangelium Nicodemi, etc.; England, 13th century, second half


1. (fol. 1)
Vie de gent de religion

A devotional text incorporating a French translation of Ancrene Riwle: Dean & Boulton 644.

Rubric: Ici comence vn especial sermon de orgoil
Incipit: Inicium omnis peccati est Superbia. Ceste auctorite est escrite
Rubric: (fol. 52) Isci comence Confession
Incipit: Confitemini alterutrum ... Seint Iake li apostle ke del Seint Esperit

Ends abruptly (in the middle of a page) in the 12th chapter of the second part.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman
2. (fol. 78)
Euangelium Nicodemi
Rubric: Euangelium Nichodemi de Passione Ihesu Christ
Incipit: Factum est in anno nonodecimo imperii Tiberii
Explicit: in codicibus pupplicis pretorii sui
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 88)
Epistola Pilati (Stegmüller, Bibl. 183,1)
Incipit: Pontius Pilatus regi Claudio salutem. Nuper accidit

Some theological notes are on fol. 77v.

Language(s): Latin

Apocryphal pieces about Christ

(fol. 88v)
Vindicta Salvatoris (Stegmüller, Bibl. 180)
Rubric: Passio Domini nostri Ihesu Christi
Incipit: In diebus illis erat quidam Titus
Actus Syluestri (CPL 2235) (extracts)
(fol. 90v)
Incipit: Non semper Augusto ... Helena ... Veritatem sapientis

A letter from the empress Helena to her son Constantine, with the reply.

(fol. 91)
Incipit: Priori libello hic finis occurrit

The contention of the Jews against the Christians before the emperor Constantine and Helena

Cf. Mombritius, Sanctuarium (1910), II, 515–16.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 105)
Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea (extracts) (?)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 109 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9 × 5.5 in.


Coloured capitals.

Accompanying Material

In 1881 there was a fragment of a 14th cent. Latin MS. of sermons in the binding.


Origin: 13th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by (sir) Richard Worseley in 1607.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited.


Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-24: Description revised to include all information in SC with reference to published literature.