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

MS. Fr. c. 50

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession): no published description available


Statutes of England (Nova Statuta)

Leaf, containing statues in French with titles in Latin, for the end of 9 Henry V and start of 1 Henry VI.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman (with Latin titles)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 (medieval parchment) + 5 (modern paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 340 × 235 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 245 × 245 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: 1–6.


Ruled in extremely faint red ink (?) with 47 lines extending to the fore-edge; single vertical bounding lines extend the full height of the page; 46 lines of text per page; prickings survive in the upper margin. No rubrics; the explicit and incipit in larger more formal script; a running title in the centre of the upper margin.


One seven-line initial in blue with white decoration, on a cusped gold ground, enclosing acanthus leaves in blue, red, green, brown, and white.

A gold bar entends from the intial the full height of the text, from which grows painted and pen-drawn foliage, extending along the upper and lower margins (fol. 1r).

Paraphs alternately in blue with red penwork, or vice versa, within the text, and in the outer margin marking the chapter numbers.

Accompanying Material

Fols. 2–6 contain letters relating to the MS. dated 1967 and 1981


Origin: 15th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Mrs. E. H. Ludlam

Bequeathed to her niece, Cicely, Lady Mayhew.

Given to the Bodleian, December 1996.

Record Sources

Description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.