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A treatise on heraldry and the duties of heralds, written in the second half of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 278
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Consisting of:

  1. (fol. 1) an account of Heraldry beg. 'Le tresnoble et trespuissant roy Alexandre'
  2. (fol. 14) the rules and customs of jousting
  3. (fol. 73) modes of creation of high dignitaries

Much of it is avowedly from 'Le Songe du Vergier' and ' L'Arbre des Batailles.'.


  • Creation: written in the second half of the 15th cent.


120 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 278

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 21852

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

Custodial History

With the 18th cent. bookplate ' Du cabinet de livres de Pontchartrain': in the La Valliere sale (1783) no. 5408.

Physical Facet

On paper, with several coloured drawings (fols. iiv, 21v, 36av, 47v, 72)


7 7/8 × 5 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom