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

MS. Ashmole 796

Summary Catalogue no.: 7434


Language(s): Latin

Ranulf Higden, Polychronicon

With index (fols. 1-8v)

With continuation to 1451, incorporating:

'Monk of Evesham', Vita Ricardi secundi Variant version no. 4: Trevor Russell Smith, 'Authorship and Further Manuscripts of the Gesta regis Ricardi secundi and Vita Ricardi secundi', Notes and Queries n.s. 67 (2020), 475-480

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 302 leaves


2 cols.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 1077:

Fine borders.



Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

‘James Stockes mans father is the treue and rightfull owner of this cronicle’, fol. [iii] recto, 16th century

‘John Bolmer’, fol. 304r, ‘Henry Bryan Parker is my name and’, fol. 304r, ‘Jane(?) Bonham of Hackeney’, fol. 304v, all 16th century.

‘LANGTON’, fol. 303v, 16th or 17th century, next to two lines from Persius (Sat. III.3-4)

‘This booke wase given by Mr Peetter Warborton the 9 of Januarye 1632.’ (fol. 303v)

Record Sources

Description adapted from the following sources, with reference to published literature as cited:
W. H. Black, A descriptive, analytical, and critical catalogue of the manuscripts bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole Esq...., Quarto Catalogues X, 1845)
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1077

Last Substantive Revision

2022-11: Revised to incorporate fuller information from Quarto catalogue with reference to published literature.