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'Les Yeus du Paon' by Jacques de Longuyon, written in the first half of the 14th cent.

MS. Douce 165
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) 'Ci conmencent les Yeus du Paon ...': beg. 'Apres ce qualixandres': by Jacques de Longuyon.
  2. (fol. 138) 'Ci... apres conmence le Rector [for Restor--E.W.B.N.] du Paon': beg. 'Seingneurs prince & baron': by Jean Brisebarre.
  3. (fol. 161) At end:--'Explicit le Restour du Paon.' another form of the romance, possibly by the same author, beg. 'Quant Porrus ly indois.' [2 and 3 are one poem. A blank space (as in MS. Bodley 264), before a large illumination beginning a new page, misled the scribe into a false 'Explixit' on f. 161. The right 'Explicit' is on f. 182v. E.W.B. N.].
  4. (fol. 183) A continuation of the romance, by one who mentions Symon de Lille as his master: beg. 'Seignurs roy prince': ends (a leaf or so having been lost), 'Et marciens la quarte ou honneurs su Florie.' [This is Le Parfait du Paon, by Jehan de le Mote: see Paul Meyer, Alex, le Grand, ii. pp. 270, 396. E.W.B.N.].

Douce has prefixed some notes on the MS.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 14th cent.


252 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 165

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 21739

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with several miniatures much defaced, capitals, etc., binding: green velvet


10 3/8 × 7 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom