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

MS. Bodl. 923

Summary Catalogue no.: 27701


The Cleansing of Man's Soul (devotional treatise)
Language(s): Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders, initials. 'Anno domini 1401' added, fol. 153v, in a later hand. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 769)


Origin: c. 1400 ; English, London (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Barking, Essex, Abbey of St Mary the Virgin and St Ethelburga, of Benedictine nuns: 'Iste liber constat Sibille de Felton abbatisse de Berkyng' (fol. 152v); Sibilla de Felton was abbess from 1394 to 1419. Medieval binding (MLGB3: evidence from an inscription of ownership by an individual member of a religious house (which may not, however, be evidence for institutional ownership)).

William Walker (s. xvi). Given to Bodley by Nicholas Crynes. (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1905). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.