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Theological pieces, consisting of single sermons, excerpts or short treatises, written early in the 13th cent.

MS. Douce 89
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Themes include:

  1. (fol. 1) the Trinity
  2. (fol. 13) Original Sin
  3. Marriage (fol. 16v)
  4. Baptism (fol. 37)
  5. Holy Communion (fol. 49v)
  6. Holy Orders (fol. 56v), etc.

Among the separate pieces are:

  1. (fol. 71v) 'Versus de contemptu mundi', beg. 'Precipitem mundum fugiamus ut omne profundum'
  2. (fol. 77) 'Vita sanctę Marię Ægyptia[cę]', by Hildebertus Cenomanensis: beg. 'Sicut hyemps laurum non urit, nec rogus aurum': ends, wanting at least one leaf, 'fastidit lubrica rerum'
  3. (fol. 120v) 'De septem miraculis manufactis', by Bede: beg. 'Primum. Capitolium Romę.'

Short Latin poems are at fols. 71, 122. A 13th cent. list of contents (fol. iv) shows that part of the original volume is lost, and an inscription written in about A.D. 1300 proves that this book was probably in the library of st. Augustine's, Canterbury: 'D[istinctio] viii G[radus] v. Liber fratris I. Pistoris', the figures altered from iiii and iii respectively (?). A few leaves are cut into, and there are marginal additions.

'Iacobus Watts me iure tenet. Hoc non verum' (fol. 140v: 16th cent. ?).


  • Creation: written early in the 13th cent.


143 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 89

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 21663

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

Physical Facet

On parchment


8 1/2 × 4 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom