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

MS. Rawl. B. 150

Summary Catalogue no.: 11520


Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae

Abbreviation, with continuation to 1265, incorporating material on Battle Abbey

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Miniatures (marginal sketches). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 498)

fol. 8r

  • Type drawings, right and lower margin
  • Subject Grotesques with human heads.


Origin: 13th century, last third ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Battle, Sussex, Benedictine abbey of St Martin: election of abbots of Battle entered in annals. Continuation of the Brut on the Barons' War was written by a monk of Battle. (MLGB3: evidence from locally specific contents, including obits, scribbles, etc.).

Canterbury, Kent, Benedictine abbey of St Augustine, by the 15th century: catalogue, BA1.896 (second folio matches); fol. 1* (a cut-down flyleaf) has a note in the hand of the St Augustine's monk Clement Canterbury (MLGB3).

'Georgius Goodwyn' (fol. 1r, s. xvi). (MLGB3)

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1755

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ...viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum...complectens, Quarto Catalogues V, 5 fascicles, 1862–1900). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.