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MS. Holkham misc. 22

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

Regimen animarum; English, 15th century


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. iiir-)
Roger Walden, Constitution
Rubric: Constitucio [Rogeri] Walden Cant. archiepiscopi de festis sanctorum David Cedde Edwardi et Wenefrede ac ccommemoracio[ne] sancti Thome martyris ...
(pr. Concilia magnae Britannicae, III, pp, 234B-235A), ending imperfect at '... laudabiliter observari ||'.
Regimen animarum
Rubric: Incipit liber qui vocatur animarum regimen compilatus in anno Mº CCCmoXLiiiº
Incipit: (preface) O vos omnes sacerdotes qui laboratis
Incipit: (text) Cleros Grece sors vel hereditas
Explicit: per dexteram manum in manu sua dextera

Part II begins on fol. 97r, and part II on fol. 135r; lacking between part I ch. XII and XVII due to the loss of two quires after fol. 38; further leaves are missing after fols. 31, 32, 44, 133, and four leaves after fol. 148.

3. (fols. 169r-v, 171r-v)
Easter tables for 1470–1646
Incipit: Legitur in epistolis Grecorum

Added on formerly blank leaves.

4. (fols. 173r-)
Incipit: Cum timor est sine spe tunc desperacio ledit
(Walther, Alphab. Verzeichnis, no. 3849)
Incipit: Sex sunt de quibus semper cogitare debemus

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: piunt et infideles
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 174 + iii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 270–80 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 205–10 × 140–5 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-iv, 1–176.


1(8)-3(8), 4(8) (wants 8), 5(8) (wants 2), 6 and 7 missing, 8(8) (wants 7 and 8), 9(8) - 17(8), 18(8) (2 canc.), 19(8), 20(8) (wants 3), 21(8), 22(8) (wants 4–6), 23(8), 24(8), 25(8) (7 and 8 canc.), quires numbered on last leaf, but numbers mostly cut off by binder


2 columns, frame ruling

Scribe I: 35–6 written lines per page

Scribe II: 46–9 written lines per page


By two main hands, scribe I writes up to fol. 92v, scribe II writes the remainder.


Plain red initials


Typical Holkham binding; the spine lettered in gilt 'REGIMEN | ANIMARUM || MS | [remainder covered by Bodleian label, probably: SÆC. XV | 166'.


Origin: English ; 15th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Thomas Honde, 16th century: inscribed 'Sum codex Thome Honde' (fol. 172v), 'Thomas Honde est possessor huius libri' (and many other inscriptions with his name).

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE', and signed 'Thos Willm. Coke' (fol. i verso); formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 166.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.