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MSS. Lat. th. e. 33, 33*

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


Thomas Gascoigne, Notebook

Bibliographical notes on the Revelations of St. Bridget and notes on her death and canonization of which Gascoigne says (p.3) ‘hec patent in libro attestacionum factarum Rome pro canonizacione s. Birgitte et fuit ille liber scriptus ex registro pape in tempore Martini pape quinti et est ille liber in Syon et hec patent folio 63 et fol.96’. This is now Brit. Mus. MS. Harley 612, cf. J.E.T. Rogers, Loci de libro veritatum, Oxford, 1881, p.169 and Acta et Processus Canonizacionis B. Birgitte, ed. I. Collijn, Uppsala, 1924, pp. xvii–xxi.


Collection of patristic and medieval authorities similar to, but not identical with, those in the Liber de veritatibus.


Similar collection in Gascoigne's own hand, the quotations from p.38 onwards being exclusively from Grosseteste's commentaries on the psalms and on the Pauline epistles, and from his De cura pastorali (ep.127). Gascoigne states frequently (e.g. pp.50, 60, 62) that he is using autograph MSS. in the Grey Friars library, Oxford (cf. R.W. Hunt in Robert Grosseteste, ed. D.A. Callus, Oxford, 1955, pp. 135–8). On p.41 one such reference ends ‘et anno Christi 1456 hoc opus vidi et hec tunc scripsi’, and is followed by his obit, written by himself, space being left for the insertion of the year (reproduced as plate III in Bodleian Lib., Report of the Curators 1953–4, Oxford, 1955). On p.68 is a passage on his insufficiency as a preacher, giving a list of churches and towns where he had preached, summarized in A.B. Emden, Biog. Reg. Univ. of Oxford to 1500, i.746.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 70 pages
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 110 × 80 mm.


1(8) (wants l), 2(8), 3(8), 4(4), 5(8), wanting quires at the beginning and end


varying numbers of long lines


Written by Thomas Gascoigne (item 3) and an amanuensis (items 1 and 2, with corrections by Gascoigne).


Contemporary binding of stamped calf over boards, with the remains of two clasps, now kept separately as MS. Lat. th. e. 33*.


Origin: 15th century (in part 1456) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

In the margins are copies of poems in Welsh. 18th cent.

'Rowland George eius liber emit', 18th century (fol. 25r).

Franciscans at Abergavenny, some of whose manuscripts were later owned by Belmont (?).

St. Michaels Benedictine Abbey, Belmont (bookplate), 19th century.

Bought at Sotheby's 20 July 1954, part of lot 404.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.