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

MS. Rawl. C. 86

Summary Catalogue no.: 11951


The northern passion,

fols. 1–30

Language(s): English
Ranulf Hidgen, Polychronicon (extracts in English translation)
Language(s): English
Romances and ballads
Language(s): English
Religious and other poems
Language(s): English and Latin
Medical texts
Language(s): English
John Lydgate, Poems
Language(s): English
(fols. 61r–62r)
John Lydgate, Dietary DIMEV 1356
Chaucer, Poems
Language(s): English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper


Fine miniature, border (unfinished (?)), initials, fols. 1–30. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1027, pl. XCVII)


Origin: 15th century, middle - 16th century, early ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Fols. 2-30: Bermondsey, Surrey, Cluniac priory and (from 1399) abbey of St Saviour: 'Iste liber constat [. . . . .] Wyllielmus Aylysburrey monachus sancti Saluatoris de Bermudesay' (fol. 30v). (The original owner's name has been erased and W. A. etc. added.) (MLGB3: evidence from an inscription of ownership by an individual member of a religious house (which may not, however, be evidence for institutional ownership)).

Lord William Howard (1563--1640) Knox Ward, Clarenceux King of Arms 1726--41 (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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

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