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A fragment of a work resembling the Golden Legend, in French, containing part of the Lives of Adam and Eve, written early in the 14th cent.

MS. Douce 79

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Also includes (fol. 9v) an account of the Passion of Christ and especially of the history of the Cross, perhaps unconnected with the former piece. The fragment beg. 'Charivy par mon orgoil, & auoyt tut purveu', ends 'seint Pere reneya nostre Seignor.'.

Prefixed on fols. 2-3 are four fine full-page miniatures depicting scenes in the Life of the Virgin, not later than the writing, but not connected with it: and there are some illuminated capitals.


  • Creation: written early in the 14th cent.


16 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 79

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 21653

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, binding: green leather with blind and gold tooling, stated to be by the elder or younger Bozerian


8 1/4 × 5 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom