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MS. Holkham misc. 46

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


Language(s): Spanish

Fuero Juzgo

The Castilian version of the Visigothic Liber Judiciorum, as pr. in the edition of the Real Academia Espanola, Madrid, 1815, except that in Book XII, between tits. 1 and 2 (fols. 117v-118v) are thirteen canons on the Jews:

Incipit: Esta ley diz que el primer canon da dignitdat

There are marginal glosses for each law in the hand of the text.

2. (fols. 131r-)
Jacobo de las Leyes, Flores de derecho dotrinal
Rubric: Aqui comiencan las somas de maestre Iacob de las leys
Incipit: (preface) Al mucho ondrado sennor Don Alfonso Fernandez
Explicit: (preface) Senyor Io pensse en las parablas
Incipit: (text) Sennor conviene que quando ovierdes oyr los pleytos
(as pr. in his Obras, ed. R. de Urena y Smenjaud and A. Bonilla y San Martin (Madrid, 1924), pp. 11–184).
3. (fols. 145r-)
Fuero of Leon, 1058
Rubric: Aqui comienca el fuero de la cibdat de Leon et de sus terminos
(pr. Munoz y Romero, Colleccion de los Fueros Municipals (Madrid, 1847), pp. 60 seqq.).
4. (fols. 147v-)
Council of Coyansa

Spanish text; the Latin is pr. by Mansi, Concilia, XIX, 785–790.

Rubric: Estos son los degrados estableciados del tienpo del rey Don Ffernando de Leon y de la reyna Dona Sancha y de todos los obispos de Espannia y de los arcobispos de su regno. Sub era MLXXXVIIII [1050 A.D.]

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: dultra mar
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (paper) + 149 + ii (paper).
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 205–10 × 185–90 (including marginal glosses) mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-ii, 1–151.


1(10, 2(8)-18(8), catchwords


35 written lines of main text; approx 3 lines of gloss to 2 lines of main text; in 2, plus 1 or 2 columns of gloss column(s).




Diagrams. Fleuronneé initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 880)

Spaces left blank for initials at beginnings of books.

Smaller initials blue with red and red with blue penwork.

In the lists of capitula titles of books are enclosed in circles of blue and red.


Typical Holkham binding of polished brown leather; the spine lettered in gilt 'DE LOS | ENSINAMENTOS | DE LAS LEES || M.S. | ESPAGNOL'; joints repaired.


Origin: Spanish ; 14th century, first half

Provenance and Acquisition

The Augustins déchaussés, Lyon.

17th century: inscibed 'Liber hic est forus iud. secundum ... []lationis Wotaldi (?) ... Ser Etoro qu[...]', mostly erased.

Don Luis Varona Lapata (?), 17th century: inscribed (but almost totally erased) 'Es de don Luis Varona Lapata (?)'

Signed 'A. G.' (fol. 6r, top margin).

Signed by 'T. Coke' (fol. 1r, lower margin); bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE'; formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 718.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.