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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 86

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

Treatises on heraldry; England, second half 15th century


(fol. 1)
Johannes de Bado Aureo, Tractatus de armis
Incipit: Quoniam de armis multociens in clipeis depictis
Explicit: Et hec de armis et insigniis dixisse sufficiat

Here without title. Ed. E. J. Jones, Medieval Heraldry, Cardiff, 1943, pp.95–143. An English translation is in MS. Laud Misc. 733.

On fol.32v are five coloured shields with the blazons. Fol.33 is blank.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 34)
Treatise on heraldry
Incipit: First as herawdis recorden atte siege of Troy
Explicit: he berith silver

Found also in MS. Ashmole Roll 4 (cf. H. S. London, Antiquaries Journal 33 (1953), 171). For F. P. Bernard's transcriptions of this text see MS. Eng. misc. c. 152.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: quibus coloribus
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 46 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 195 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 120–30 × 85–100 mm.


1(8) (1 canc.), 2(8)–4(8), 5(8), 6(6) (5, 6 canc.)


19–22 long lines. Frame ruling.


Good coats of arms. (P&A iii. 1152)


binding 17th cent. rough calf.


Origin: 15th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Label at foot of spine ‘M 242’, the number 2862 inside front cover.

Bequeathed by Francis Pierrepont Barnard, 1931.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (22 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.