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): French (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.