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164 Songs of Troubadours, written perhaps at the close of the 13th cent. in Italy

MS. Douce 269

  • Request

For forty of the songs the names are given, seven songs being anonymous, in Provençal: the authors of whom there are more than four songs are:

  1. Peire Vidal (pp. ii, ccxlvii; 13)
  2. Folket de Marxella (p. xxiii: 10)
  3. Bernard da Ventador (p. xxxix: 17)
  4. Peirol d'Alvergna (p. lxx: 19)
  5. Gonselm Faidiz de Lemosi (p. xcviii: 11)
  6. Arnald de Miroill (p. cxvi: 8)
  7. Ranbaut de Vaqera (p. cxxvi: 5)
  8. Raimon de Miraval (p. cxxxvi: 5)
  9. Cadenet (p. cli: 7)
  10. N'Aimeric de Pigugnan (p. clxi: 6)

The first leaf (pp. i-ii) is fragmentary, and contains part of the song Lo rei Richart. Descriptions of this valuable MS. will be found in m. Paul Meyer's Rapports, Ire partie (1871), pp. 160, 247: Romanische Studien ii (1877), pp. 590, 658: on p. cclii of the MS. is a 15th cent. list of its contents, and there are modern notes. A facsimile of part of p. ccviii is in the 1840 Catalogue.


  • Creation: written perhaps at the close of the 13th cent. in Italy


2 pages

Language of Materials

  • Provençal, Old (to 1500)


MS. Douce 269

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 21843

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

Custodial History

From a copy of this MS. in the Arsenal library at Paris (old mark B. L. F. 55, ii, now no. 3092) it is known that the volume was owned by Nicolas Claude de Peiresc (d. 1637) and afterwards by m. de Mazaugues (d. 1743). Douce states that it belonged to the rev. Thomas Crofts, at whose sale in 1783 it 'was purchased by mr. Baynes, on whose death it fell into the hands of sir John Ingleby.' Douce bought it of mr. Joye.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with coloured capitals, etc.


8 3/4 × 5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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