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

MS. Holkham misc. 41

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


1. (p. 1)
Prayers and meditations on the life and death of Christ
Incipit: Religious sustir for as mechil as ye have desirid and preyed me divers tymes
Explicit: God yeve us love grace in althing to do as it is most to his worschep and pleasing

There follow in red four lines beginning:

Incipit: Syke and sorwe deeply
(Brown and Robbins, IMEV, no. 3102)
Language(s): English
2. (p. 99)
William Flete, De remediis contra temptaciones (expanded English translation of the third recension; cf. M. B. Hackett in Medieval studies presented to Aubrey Gwynne (Dublin, 1961), 341 and 346)
Rubric: Consolatio anime
Incipit: Oure merciful lord god chastisith his children

Pr. by Horstmann, Richard Rolle of Hampole and his followers (London, 1896) II, 106–23.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: whanne ye
Form: codex
Support: Parchment, badly eaten by mould.
Extent: ii (paper) + 97 (i.e. 194 pp.) + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 105 mm.
(severely cropped)
Dimensions (ruled): 125–30 × 75–80 mm.
Foliation: Paginated in late 18th- or early 19th-century pencil, prior to binding, some pages numbered in modern pencil: i-iv, 1–198, usually only on rectos.


Too tightly bound for collation.


16 lines


Written in a fine gothic formal liturgical bookhand, with 16 lines of text per page. Ruled in red.


Large initials in red, pink, green and blue on gold grounds, each with a partial border of leaf design, on pages 1, 6, 99, the rest blue with red flourishes. (P&A iii, 1044)


Black polished leather; the spine lettered in gilt 'PASSION | OF | CHRIST'.


Origin: English ; 15th century, middle

Provenance and Acquisition

Bookplate of THOMAS WILLIAM COKE; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 67.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.