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Tales from the Gesta Romanorum, written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 169
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fols. 3 - 19, 25 - 34) Tales from the Gesta Romanorum, preceded by a few short theological pieces, cf. fol. 20: beg. 'De quatuor sororibus ... Agros in ciuitate Romana': ends (imperfect) with a rubric, 'De paupere promoto ab imperatore ...': some leaves are lost after fol. 25.
  2. (fols. 22 - 24, 35 - end) The Opus Parabolarum of Odo de Cerinton or Cheriton, here ascribed to Hugo de S. Victore: beg. 'Aperiam os meum': at end, 'Expliciunt Prouerbia magistri Hugonis de Sancto Victore', and a table of the '87' chapters, really 93. The last 25 are of doubtful authorship. Douce has contributed a long account of the whole MS.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


52 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 169

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 21743

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

Custodial History

Owned by Osmund Beauvoir whose (18th cent.) armorial bookplate is in the volume.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 × 8 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom