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

MS. Bodl. 91

Summary Catalogue no.: 1891

Physical Description

Composite: six manuscripts
Form: codex
Extent: v + 147 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 6.125 in.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably all six volumes belonged to Hyde abbey (cf. MLGB).

Presented to the Library by Thomas James in 1601.

MS. Bodl. 91 – Part 1 (fols. 1–78)

Contents

(fol. 1)
Hugh of St.-Victor, De sacramentis christianae fidei
Rubric: Incipit liber magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore de Sacramentis

Bk. 1 only.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Initial. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 258)

History

Origin: 12th century, second half ; English

MS. Bodl. 91 – Part 2 (fols. 79–94)

Contents

(fol. 79)
Bestiary (imperfect)
Rubric: Hic incipiunt Nature bestiarum
Incipit: Leo fortissimus bestiarum
Explicit: Columbe autem delectantur in fructibus [in the chapter 'de arbore quadam in Asia']||
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century, middle ; English

MS. Bodl. 91 – Part 3 (fols. 95–102)

Contents

(fol. 95)
Prophetia Merlini
Rubric: Prophetia(?) Merlini

Nearly corresponding to book vii of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Britonum, but here with three additional chapters, and chapt. 1 of bk. viii: beg. 'Sedente itaque Vortegemo', ends 'applicuit Aurelius Ambrosius cum suo exercitu'. The scribe of D has added on fol. 102v the spurious letter of 'Lucius rei publice procurator' to King Arthur, beg. 'Admirans vehementer'.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Coloured capitals.

History

Origin: 13th century, early ; English

MS. Bodl. 91 – Part 4 (fols. 103–32)

Contents

(fol. 103)
Chronicle A.D. 1 - A.D. 1280

Close to annals of the priory of Worcester with variations relating to Hyde abbey near Winchester (see Denholm-Young in English Historical Review 49 (1934), 85–93). Written in one hand to 1264 (fol. 117v), then by various hands.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 140 mm.

Layout

2 cols., c. 37 lines, column space 140–5 × 80–5 mm.

History

Origin: 1264–13th century, second half ; English, Hyde abbey

MS. Bodl. 91 – Part 5 (fols. 133–135)

Contents

(fol. 133)
Statutes of Westminster, 1259/1262
Rubric: Noue constitutiones regie post Parlamentum Oxon
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, second half ; English (?)

MS. Bodl. 91 – Part 6 (fols. 136-)

Contents

(fol. 136)
Documents relating to English history, 1263–71

Including (fol. 138) Urban IV's ‘relaxatio’ of Henry III's oath, 23 Aug. 1263; (fol. 138v) note on the capture of Northampton, 5 Apr. 1264; (fol. 140v, cf. 140r) letters patent of Henry III against the Jews; (fol. 141) letter of Charles, king of Sicily, to prince Edward, 13 March 1271.

Fol. 142: copy of the presentation of Walter Fyfyde to the king as abbot of Hyde, 1319, added 14th century.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, second half ; English, Hyde abbey (?)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 368 [part 1: decoration and origin]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [parts 2–3, 5–6]

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-24: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.