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Miscellaneous legal pieces almost all relating to England, written in the 13th cent. in England

MS. Douce 137
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of three MSS (117 leaves, in double columns except the third MS.), comprising:

(fol. 1). Miscellaneous legal pieces almost all relating to England, among which are:

  1. (fol. 2) 'Isti sunt Episcopi sub Romano Pontifice, qui non sunt in alterius prouincia constituti'
  2. (fol. 5) Forms of Latin letters, charters, and briefs, with a preface which beg. 'In omnibus litteris cuicumque et a quocumque transmittantur': among the charters are an agreement about the gild merchant at Reading, Feb. 3, 1253/4
  3. (fols. 16v, cf. 37) several statutes
  4. (fol. 20v) a perambulation of Berkshire.

Also comprises:

  1. (fol. 40). 'Incipit tractatus de legibus & consuetudinibus regni Anglie tempore H[enrici] regis secundi conpositus iusticie gubernacula tenente ... R[anulpho] de Glanuilla ...', with lists of chapters: fols. 85 - 6 are perhaps out of place. At fol. 91av 'incipit tractatus de legibus & consuetudinibus Anglie tempore magni regis Willelmi', the Anglo-Saxon laws in Latin, followed by small miscellaneous pieces, partly in French.
  2. (fol. 98). '[C]es sunt les Brefs le rei pleydez o les en cuppements ...', a Registrum brevium or forms of pleading in French, followed by short pieces, including a French hymn to Christ (beg.'Cuard est ke amer nose', fol. III) and a French and Latin macaronic poem about a maid (beg. 'En may quant vit esoil efruit parens natura parere', fol. IIIv).


  • Creation: written in the 13th cent. in England


117 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 137

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 21711

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

Related Materials

See also MS. Douce 132, which is related to this volume: the contents of both are summarized on MS. Douce 147 fol. 4v, and both came from Edwardstone.

Physical Facet

On parchment


9 3/4 × 7 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom