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MS. Lyell 64

Legenda de s. Fide, etc.


Material concerning Ste. Foy

Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. i)
German version of the founding of the church of Ste. Foy at Sélestat (or Schlestadt)
Incipit: Dis Zeichen det sancte Getruwe an irme gotzhuse zu Sletzstat
Explicit: (fol. 6v) als muzent och wir tun, des helfe uns der vatter, und der sun und der heilige geist. Amen.
Language(s): Middle High German

Pr. F. J. Mone, Anzeiger für Kunde der teutschen Vorzeit Vii (1838), col. 581–3, from MS. Klosterneuburg 1080, 14th cent. Cf. item 3b below.

2. (fol. 7r)
Mass and vespers for Ste. Foy
Rubric: Passio be⟨a⟩te Fidis celebratur in oct. beati Michaelis …

Cf. Masses for Ste. Foy found in MSS. at Conques, ed. A. Bouillet, L. Servières, Ste. Foy, vierge et martyre, Rodez, 1900, pp. 639–40, 641. Includes (fol. 7v–8v) a version of the sequence beg.: Felix dies et iocunda (cf. Anal. Hymn, xxxvii, pp. 166–7), with square notation on staves of four red lines.

(fol. 11r)
Passio SS. Fidis, Caprasii, Primi et Feliciani
Incipit: Sancta igitur Fides Agennensium civitate oriunda fuit

With appendix, divided into seven lessons.

B.H.L. 2930. Pr. Acta sanctorum Oct. VIII, pp. 823B–5B.

A collection of miracles of Ste. Foy
a. (fol. 22v)


Incipit: Cum omnipotens Deus mirabilis in sanctis suis
Explicit: (fol. 23r) per ipsam in nos roboret amen
b. (fol. 23r)
Rubric: Miraculum quo beata Fides predium Slezstat acquisierit
Incipit: In nomine Domini amen. Tempore quo bone memorie dominus Bego Concheum abbacie regimen tenebat
Explicit: (fol. 27r) sicque factum est ut monachi qui nimis pauperem vitam prius ducentes … (fol. 27v) sicque nobis impetret vitam eternam amen.

Cf. B.H.L. 2964–5, of which this is an abbreviated version.

c. (fol. 27v)
A version, generally abbreviated and with some amplifications of its own, of a selection of thirty-seven miracles from the Liber miraculorum Sancte Fidis by Bernard of Angers (B.H.L. 2942)

The first:

Rubric: De Wiberto oculis radicitus evulsi lumine
Incipit: Tempore quo quidam presbiter nomine Geraldus

The last:

Explicit: (fol. 91v) cunctis astantibus retexuit.

The equivalent of Bk. I, 1–6, 8, 10–15, 18, 20, 21–3, 28–30, 33, 32; II, 1–2, 6–7, 10, 12–14; III, 2, 1, 3–5, as ed. A. Bouillet, Liber miraculorum sancte Fidis, Paris, 1897. He discusses the text of our MS., then at Melk, on pp. xxiv–xxv. According to Bouillet (p. xxv n. 2) the contents of the Klosterneuburg MS. (see item i above) are identical with our MS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i+91 leaves (fol. i is a flyleaf),
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 150 mm.


1 original flyleaf, 1¹⁰–9¹⁰, 10² (2 canc.), quires 2–9 are numbered at the end in roman numerals from i–viii;
Secundo Folio: -tent sante


150 × 100 mm. : 14 long lines ruled in ink


Written, probably in Austria, in the 14th cent, in a large textura similar to MS. 59


Red initials and headings.


14th cent, binding of wooden boards covered with puce stained sheepskin; original sewing; there were originally two metal clasps on leather straps fastening to pins on the lower cover, of which one survives; compare the fastening of MS. 50; contemporary title written on the upper cover: on the lower cover, two later paper labels with title and shelfmark: ‘E’.


Origin: 14th century ; Austrian (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly in the library of the abbey of Melk, in Austria: E. 104 in the 1483 catalogue; see Gottlieb, MittelaU. Bibl. kat. Österreichs 1, 1915, p. 231. On fol. i is the 17th-cent.(?) note: ‘Monasterii Mellicensis 1. 39’. In the 18th cent, it had the shelfmark Q. 34, see M. Kropff, Bibl. Mellicensis, 1747, p. 35, and on the spine is ‘897’ (19th cent.).

Bought by Lyell in October 1939 from E. P. Goldschmidt and Co.; see their List 33, 1939, no. 5, with reproduction of fol. 81v on cover.

James P. R. Lyell, 1871–1948

Chosen as one of the hundred manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian by Lyell in 1948.

Record Sources

Description adapted from A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (1971); with additions by Andrew Dunning.

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2020-12-16: Andrew Dunning Revised from description by Albinia de la Mare.