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The Prick of Conscience, a translation into English verse of Richard Rolle's Stimulus Conscientiae, written late in the 14th cent.

MS. Douce 156
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

This copy begins 'Here bigynneth the soth to say | A noble book with out nay | The which is cald of conscience pricke': prol. beg. 'Byfore that any thyng was wrought': part 1 beg. 'Man of foulest matere God wrought': parts are transposed in binding, there is a gap after p. 6, and all after 'That hit may neuer slakid bee' in part 6 is lost: pp. 9, 45, 71, are mutilated.


  • Creation: written late in the 14th cent.


176 pages

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 156

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 21730

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated border, capitals, etc., imperfect


10 1/4 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom