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'Flores Historiarum' by Roger of Wendover, written chiefly in about A.D. 1300 in England

MS. Douce 207
Held at the Weston Library

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'... Liber qui Flores Historiarum intitulatur', with prologue: at end (fol. 213v) 'Huc usque scripsit Cronica dominus Rogerus de Wendoure. | Cernis completas hic nostro tempore metas. | Si plus forte petas. tibi poste[r]a nunciet etas.'.

This and the damaged Cottonian MS. Otho B. V. are the only copies of Roger of Wendover's work, which extends from the Creation to A.D. 1235, but there are short lacunae after fols. 72, 139, affecting A.D. 878-894 and 1191-2. At fol. 214 are copied in by the same hand two large fragments of Roger of Hoveden's Annals A.D. 1187-91 ('Imprimis uenerunt episcopi & abbates'--'conuenit in hunc modum', Stubbs's ed. iii. 9-134: 'Victoriam habuit ... Willelmus de Mandeuille', ibid. ii. 321-345).

A 14th-cent. hand has added:

  1. (fol. 231) a short epitome of the Chronicle of Matthew of Westminster, 1325
  2. (fol. 235v) a short account of early British history, based on Geoffrey of Monmouth, beg. 'In diebus Hely'
  3. (fol. 237) the greater part of John Boston of Bury's Speculum Coenobitarum (From the beginning to 'qui dicitur Paradysus', pp. 157-181, ed. Hall).

'W. Saunders' (fol. 240v: 16th cent.).


  • Creation: written chiefly in about A.D. 1300 in England


244 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 207

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 21781

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

Physical Facet

On parchment


14 3/4 × 10 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom