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MS. Holkham misc. 7

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


Bede, Historia ecclesiastica,

the text belongs to Plummer's 'C' group of MSS

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: certissima fidelium
Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks: coat of arms showing a fleur-de-lis, cf. Briquet, 1820; (fol. 50) small coat of arms surmounted by a crown (not identified).
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 134 + ii (modern paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 275 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 210 × 130 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-ii, 1–136.




Ruled in red. 33 lines per page written below the top ruled line.


Written in a fere humanistica hand


Good initials, that on fol. 1 a later replacement. (P&A i. 399)


Polished brown leather, the upper cover stamped in gilt with the Coke crest; the spine lettered in gilt from bottom to top 'VEN. BEDÆ HISTORIA ECCLESIASTICA ANGLICANA'.


Origin: Flemish ; 16th century, early

Provenance and Acquisition

Bookplate of Thomas William Coke; Holkham Hall library.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.