MS. Digby 89
Summary Catalogue no.: 1690
John Ergome's commentary on the prophecies of 'John of Bridlington', incorporating the text of the prophecies; printed in T. Wright, Political Poems and Songs I (1859) 123–215.
Dedicatory letter to Humphrey de Bohun.
A line from John of Bridlington's prophecy (dist. ii, cap. 2), not in Wright's edition, noted as lacking on fol. 20v, with a cross-reference to this folio.
Eight lines from John of Bridlington's prophecy (dist. ii, cap. 2), found only in some manuscripts: see M. J. Curley in Medieval Studies (1984), pp. 326–7 n. 20 (giving the text). Noted as lacking on fol. 20v, with a cross-reference to this folio.
Differs considerably from the version printed in The Last Age of the Church by John Wyclyffe, ed. J. H. Todd (1840), pp. lxxxiv-v.
Six lines; differs in many readings from the text printed in L. Coote, Prophecy and Public Affairs in Later Medieval England (2000), p. 32.
c. 30–34 lines.
Spaces for initials left empty.
Provenance and Acquisition
Wrongly included in Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries, no. 423, as 1361 × 1376: the evidence adduced (that events before 1361 are referred to in the past tense, events after 1376 in the future tense) relates to the date of the text rather than the manuscript. The terminus a quem is c. 1362–4, when the commentary was written (M. Curley, 'The Cloak of Anonymity and the 'Prophecy of John of Bridlington'', Modern Philology 77(4), 361–369).
'Liber ma(gist)ri Tho(m)e Lyseux decani s(an)c(t)i Pauli' (fol. 1r, cf. fol. 58v)
Thomas Allen, no. 58 in the quarto section of his catalogue.
Donated by him to the Bodleian, 1634.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.