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A book of Decretals and similar ecclesiastical documents, written in the 12th cent., probably in England

MS. D'Orville 46

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The MS. consists of five sections lettered (b) to (g), then (fol. 49) twenty-two sections numbered i to xxii, all of eight leaves each: the writing of the two parts is identical in style. There are many coloured capitals and rubrics.


  1. (fol. 1). Decretals proper, from pope Telesphorus (the first eight leaves being lost) to pope Urban ii (A.D. 1088-89): but something is wanting after fol. 48, see below
  2. (fol. 86v), Canons of Councils from the Nicene (a.d 325), the chief divisions being Greek, then 'quedam sententie grecorum doctorum' (fol. 109v), African councils (fob 112v), Gallican (fol. 123), Spanish (fol. 132)
  3. (fol. 156), 'Hactenus de corpore Canonum, ea quę sequuntur aut sententię sunt orthodoxorum patrum aut leges catholicorum regum aut synodicę sententię Gallicanorum aut Germanorum pontificum': ends abruptly, some leaves being lost, in a quotation from Augustine 'cui forte inuito atque.'


  • Creation: written in the 12th cent., probably in England


226 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. D'Orville 46

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 2. 14

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 16924

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. D'Orville.

Physical Facet

On parchment


11 1/8 × 7 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom