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

MS. Fairfax 12

Summary Catalogue no.: 3892


Bede, Historia ecclesiastica
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine initials in two styles. Good initials. (P├Ącht and Alexander iii. 73, pl. VIII)


Origin: 12th century, beginning ; English, North (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Selby, York, Benedictine abbey of St Mary the Virgin and St German: 17th-cent. inscription states it belonged to Selby priory. 'Cronica XII'. 'Liber Sancti [...] de Saleby' (s. xv) on front cover, outside. (MLGB3: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution).

'W. Santclair of Roislin, knight', 1592. Walter Cant, advcates of Edinburgh, gave it to col. Charles Fairfax, 1650. (MLGB3)

Cf. Plummer, Bedae Op. Hist., 1. cxxi. (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

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