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William Langland's poem of Piers Plowman, the C-text, written in A.D. 1427

MS. Douce 104
Held at the Weston Library

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At end:--'Explicit Liber de Petro Ploughman anno regni regis Henrici sexti sexto Et fir' Iouis ante festum Michaelis jncep' transs ...', i.e. Sept. 25, 1427 (?). Also at the end are added twelve lines, beginning 'Tutiuillus the deuyl of Hell' (fol. 112v, cf. 33a).

On the margins are many roughly coloured figures illustrating the poem.

On the binding are the arms of the Ley family as baronets, probably Sir James Ley (d. 1628).


  • Creation: written in A.D. 1427


113 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 104

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 21678

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with coloured capitals, etc., and figures in margin, in parts stained and rubbed, binding: 17th cent., leather, re-backed


8 7/8 × 6 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom