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

MS. Lat. th. e. 46

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

Miscellaneous theological works; English, 13th century, first quarter


Language(s): Latin

(fol.1) (fol.10v)
Robert of Flamborough, Liber poenitentialis

Bks. IV–V, beg. imperf. Apparently a copy of the best version of Form 3, omitting the last canons of §313, 353, and inserting § 357 after § 322 (see Robert of Flamborough, Liber Poenitentialis, ed. J.J.F. Firth (Toronto, Pontif. Institute of Medieval Studies, Studies and Texts 8), 1971).

Incipit: ||Ecce de difficilioribus
Final rubric: Explicit penitentiarius magistri Roberti sancti Victoris
John of Abbeville, Sermones de tempore

Nos. 1–44, 46, 45, 47–106, 108–185, 193, 186–192, 194, 196 of the sermons listed by Schneyer, Rep. III. The last sermon ends incomplete (fol.159ra): sicut habetur in Exodo xi.

Stephen Langton, Commentary on Isaiah

Stegmüller, Rep. Bibl., no. 7825, as in B.L. Add. MS. 24073, ending (fol. 176) at xli.20.

Rubric: Moralitas super primam epistolam Ysaię flos cleri
Incipit: Audite celi…Hic vocantur in testimonium
Isidore of Seville, De nominibus legis et euangelii siue Allegoriae

New Testament: P.L. 83, col.115–30, § 130–5, 137, 141–250.

Incipit: Quatuor evangeliste
Distinctiones on the Psalms
Incipit: David dicitur eximius prophetarum propter humiliationem, in 1o Regum. Iuveni virum

Laid out in schematic form, apparently not the work by Peter of Poitiers.

Theological quaestiones on the Incarnation
Incipit: (first quaestio) Huius questionis solutio et iuditium huius propositionis Deus est homo
Theological questiones on the sacrament of the altar
Rubric: De sacramento altaris
Incipit: Notandum quod sacramentum dicitur dignissimum tribus de causis
(fol.259) (fol.261)
Notes on passages from Ps. l–cxi

Misbound, the correct order is fol. 261–4, 259–60, 265–6.

Incipit: Miserere… David decantavit hunc psalmum vere penitens
Odo of Cambrai
Rubric: Incipit canon misse a magistro Odone Cameracensi episcopo compositus
Expositio in canone missae
Incipit: Quia dignum

Pr. P.L. 160.1053–70

Richard the Premonstratensian, De canone missae (cap. ii–x)
Incipit: In primo ordine canonis
(fol. 289v)
Interpretations of the names of the apostles, etc.
Incipit: Age, cave, curre

also found in MSS. Bodl. 550, fol. 149, and B.M. Royal 8 A. XXI, fol. 160, following the preceding item.

(fols. 122v, 155, 159, 159v–64v, 176v–8v, 180v–184v, 186v–216v passim, 221vb–258v, 267–76v, 290–90v)
Theological texts

Miscellaneous sermons, distinctiones, extracts and other short pieces (many on virtues and vices), mostly unidentified. The sermons include Geoffroy Babion , Schneyer, Rep. II nos. 15 (fol.161), 1–6, 8, 11 (series beg. fol. 267), and a version of no. 40 (fol. 244v); Alexander Nequam , Schneyer, Rep. I nos. 29, 12, 9 (fol.161v); Alan of Lille , Schneyer, Rep. I no. 18 (fol.183) and (fol.233) sermon beg. Homo natus de muliere…Audi homo breve verbum, almost certainly by Alan (see M.-T. d'Alverny, Alain de Lille. Textes inédits, 1965, pp.132–3), although it has also been attributed to Stephen Langton; Gebouin of Troyes , a version of Schneyer, Rep. II, no. 41 (fol.246v). There are several unidentified sermons for saints' days: Martin (fol. 181) Nicholas (fol. 183v), Victor (fol. 225), Peter and Paul (fol. 227), Purification of B.V.M. (fol. 229), Laurence (fol. 230v), Mary Magdalen (fol. 232?, 253), invention of the Holy Cross (fol. 273v) . Other items include:

Rubric: De virtute crucis et potestate
Incipit: In virtute sancte crucis
Visio S. Pauli
Incipit: Dies dominicus dies est leticię
Explicit: et omnibus sanctis in secula seculorum (fol.258v)

Version of redaction IV (cf. T. Silverstein, Visio S. Pauli (Studies and Documents IV), 1935, pp. 52–6)

Piece linking each clause of the Apostles' Creed with an apostle, and a question on the Nicene Creed
Incipit: Nota quod quidam quesivit a magistris Parisius

Verses entered in spaces left blank on fols. 185ff (item 5) include:

Incipit: In terra summus rex est hoc tempore nummus

18 lines. See Carmina Burana, ed. Hilka and Schumann, no.11

Incipit: Ecce sonat in aperto

42 lines of Carmina Burana, ed. cit., no.10

Other verses (fol.215–6v) include:


Verses on birds and animals, the first ‘de columba’

Incipit: Simplex est, visum recipit

Seven lines on the seven deadly sins: Walther, Prov. 2705

Two lines on the seven deadly sins and two on seven virtues

Incipit: Tu Cananeus Etheus Eveus et Pherezeus…Sis largus fortis paciens et corde benignus
Incipit: Regi regum domino temptat irrogare

50 four-line stanzas



Incipit: Consilii clavis claustri scola, virga rigoris

On Absalon of St. Victor (d.1203) , 10 lines

Incipit: Absalon hic fratres finem suscepit amenum

On Absalon of St. Victor (d.1203) , 8 lines. A four-line version (l. 1–2, 5–6), has been frequently printed from Paris MS. Maz.778, e.g. in Gallia Christiana VII, 1744, col.673

Some additional verses not catalogued here are listed in the manuscript card index to the Catalogue of Manuscript Acquisitions post 1916, s.v. Poetry, Latin, Incipits.

Incipit: O Maria piissima

Pr. Anal. hymn. XV, p.140. Added in a space originally left blank.

Incipit: Sancta Maria mater d.n. J.C. in manus filii tui

Added in a space originally left blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment and (fol. 259–66) paper. No watermarks in the paper
Extent: ii + 293 leaves (fol.i–ii, 291–2 are later flyleaves, fol.22 is double)
Dimensions (leaf): 197 × 150 mm.
Edges cropped. Text space varies.


quire or quires missing, 1(10), 2(8)–3(8), 4(12)–5(12), 6(10), 7(12)–14(12), 15(12) (10–12 canc.)?, 16(8), 17(12)(?), 18(12), 19(8), 20(12), 21(8)–23(8), 24(10), 25(8), 26(4)+27(4) (fol.259–66, now bound as one quire of 8)?, 28(12) (11–12 canc.), 29(8), 30(8) (7–8 missing), some catchwords


2 cols., c. 36–62 lines, writing above top ruled line


Apparently in several different hands but perhaps largely written by one scribe at different times.


Some red initials.


English binding in calf, gilt, repaired, with title on spine: 'Lectionaria in Evangelia an. 1148'


Origin: 13th century, first quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Ric. ’, ‘ Edwardus ’, 15th century (fol. 1)

‘Liber Richardi Wood et amicorum’, 16th-17th century (fol. 1)

‘De la biblothèque de la Chevaliere D'Eon ’ (stamped on front of binding), sale, Sotheby's, 22 May 1793 and three days following, lot 641, bought by Joy for 7s/6d

Sotheby's 11 Dec. 1972, lot 37; bought.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.