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MS. Lat. th. e. 44

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

Sermons; England, 12th century


Summary of Contents: Collection of sermons, etc., chiefly by Gaufridus Babion (the numbers are those of Schneyer's list in his Repertorium ii, pp.150–9).
(fol. v verso)

added late 13th- and 14th-century

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 1r-3v)

the first on the BVM

Incipit: Tu fabricatus es auroram et solem Optime cognoscitur artifex

Added 13th-century

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 4r)
Geoffroy Babion, Sermon (Schneyer, Repertorium, II, no. 1)
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 6r-24r)
Geoffroy Babion, Sermons (Schneyer, Repertorium, II, the end of no. 4 and no. 5, ending imperfect; no. 6 beginning imperfect, nos. 7–13, 20–21)
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 17v, margin)
Incipit: Wyt ys yturned into trecherie
(Added in the 14th-century, the second stanza of the Abuses of the Age; pr. Furnivall, E.E.T.S., extra series, 8, p. 88)
Language(s): Middle English
(fol. 24r-v)
Ps.-Augustine, Sermon 78,

finishing imperfect

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 25r-v)

perhaps for the first Sunday in Advent, starting imperfect

Explicit: ne in lapidem offensionis offendat per ||
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 25v, margin)
Story of a fisherman who found a stone in the shape of a man.,

added, 14th century

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 25v-39v)
Geoffroy Babion, Sermons (Schneyer, Repertorium, II, nos. 22–26, 14–16)
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 39v)
Text on Antichrist
Incipit: Nascetur filius perditionis id est antichristus in Chorozaim
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 40r-50v)
Geoffroy Babion, Sermons (Schneyer, Rep., II, nos. 28, 17–19, 29, 31)
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 51r-52r)
Incipit: Fecit rex Salomon thronum ... rex Salomon ipse est Christus pax nostra
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 52v-53v)

added 13th-century

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: quia recte
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 56 leaves (fol.i–iv, 54–56 are later flyleaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 180 × 118 mm.
Dimensions (written): 135–142 × 83 mm.


1(4) (medieval flyleaves), 2(8) (3–6, 8 missing?: i.e. leaves missing after fol.5 and 6)?, 3(8)–4(8), 5(8) (4 leaves survive (fol.23–26), leaves missing after fol.24)?, 6(8)–8(8), 9(4) (4 missing)? quires 3–8 numbered ii–vii at end


c. 29–33 long lines ruled in pencil


Initials in blue or red.


Early 19th-century stright-grained red morocco, identical with MS. lat. th. e. 24


Origin: 12th century ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Joannes Dillon 8' (fol. iv verso), identifiable in John Dillon's sale, by Barclay and Skirving, Trongate, Glasgow, Nov. 1831, lot 697

R. C. Jenkins; given to Rev. Charles Deacon, 29 Dec. 1953 (fol. i verso)

Given by N. R. Ker, 1964.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.