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A translation or rather paraphrase of the Memorabilia of Valerius Maximus, with additions and notes, written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 202
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

The following colophons explain the work, which was begun 'en honneur et reuerence de' Henry V of France (fol. 1v, see miniature on fol. 1):--at end of bk. 2 (fol. 82) 'Icy fine la translacion du premier liure ... auec la declarracion dicelluy et adicions plusieurs faitte et compilee lan mil. CCC.LXXV. Par frere Symon de Hesdin de lorderie de lospital de Saint Jehan de Iherusalem. Docteur en theologie'.

Other MSS. have similar colophons. Some of the miniatures have half-erased directions to the artist as to his design, written with a metal stylus on the lower margin: but in most cases these have been rubbed out.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


195 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 202

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 21776

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

Custodial History

This MS. was in the library of the Duc de La Valliere (sale catal. 1783, iii. 383, no. 5654): then belonged to John Towneley whose armorial bookplate is in each volume.

Physical Facet

On parchment with many fine miniatures and illuminated capitals


15 1/4 × 12 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom