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A Latin calendar with tables, written for the Benedictine abbey of St. Cuthbert at Durham, written early in the 13th cent. in England

MS. Douce 270
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

The additions to it show that in the second half of the 13th and the early part of the 14th cent. the volume was at Kingsbury, in Somersetshire, near Langport (Feb. 6, 'Obitus Willelmi vicarii de Kyngesbire': July 3, 'Obitus Roberti Merscal de Kyngesbire', cf. Nov. 8: Feb. 28, 'Obitus Thome vicarii de Suthperton [South Petherton] anno Domini M° CCCmo IXo': May 6, 'Obitus magistri J[ohannis] Fortis [?] cancellarii Wellensis': May 24, 'Obitus Ricardi Dauy, anno Domini Mo CCCVII': Aug. 20, 'Obitus Bartholomei de Cinderhasse', cf. Jan. 3, Feb. 3). On fol. iiv is 'Lan del Encarnation nostre Seignur M. C. XCVIJ le ior de la Tephaine furent sor le fiertre Saint Cuthbert c & VIJ Besanz & XLV aneals', which also points to Durham: the note cannot be much later, if at all, than the date mentioned, but may be on a flyleaf from another MS.

Also comprises:

  1. (fol. 9) Sermons throughout the year, in French: these are by Mauritius de Soliaco (Maurice de Sully), bp. of Paris
  2. (fol. 86) A French translation of the Elucidarium, attributed to st. Anselm: beg. 'Suuent mauient requis notre disciple': ends unfinished, 'si flori senz humor.'
  3. (fol. 93v, in double columns)The metrical Life of st. Nicholas, by Robert Wace (in French: beg. 'A ceus qui nunt lettres appris'), here wanting all after 'Ainz li fait les membres secchier', a leaf or two being lost. There was an altar of st. Nicholas in the abbey at Durham.

Douce has written a note about the contents of the volume.

'Syr Rycherde Peny' is written on fol. iiv in a hand of the 15th cent.


  • Creation: written early in the 13th cent. in England


106 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 270

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 21844

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

Physical Facet

On parchment


7 3/4 × 5 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom