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

MS. Bodl. 97

Summary Catalogue no.: 1928


Aldhelm, De virginitate
Rubric: Incipiunt capitula libri de laude uirginitatis

The author's name is given in a 13th cent. title. Two leaves are wanting at the end, the text ending 'fidei fragilitate tremebundus'.

Language(s): Latin

Glossed in Latin and Old English

Language(s): Latin and Old English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment; imperfect at end
Extent: iv + 77 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.5 × 6 in.


Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 39)


Plain white sheepskin (15th cent. English work) over older boards, which have been turned round.


Origin: 11th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Christ Church, Canterbury, until at least 1337, evidence of pressmarks: on fol. i is ‘sx’ and ‘D(istinctio) ijª G(radus) vus’ (M.R. James' Ancient Libraries of Canterbury, 1903, pp. 506, 21, xlv).

Canterbury, St Augustine's Abbey, late 14th cent.: 'De librario Sancti Augustini extra Cantuariam'; 'D(istinctio) ij a G(radus) v us' (15th cent.); "SX" (all fol. 1r; see MLGB3).

William Darell (d. 1580): '1565 anno E. R. 7º' 'W. Darrell possessor huius libri'.

Presented by sir Walter Cope in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 39 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-01: Description revised to include all information in SC.