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Poetry, recipes, written in the 15th and 16th cent.

MS. Douce 290
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of three MSS., comprising:

  1. (fol. 7) A poem called 'The Tragecall Historie of Charles and Julia', mythical personages of early Britain: the early part is entitled 'The departing of Æneas from Troy': beg. 'When lesser Asia quak'd for feare.' There are many classical allusions, which are explained in two alphabetical glossaries at fols. 100, 143. The preface to these glossaries is signed 'W. Æ.' and a few preliminary poems on fols. 1-6 'E. P.': there are also some short poems, etc., chiefly amatory, on fols. 76v-99. (16th cent.)
  2. (fol. 134) The medical properties of herbs, with recipes: beg. 'Anyse as leches seyn is hoot & drie.'. (15th cent.)
  3. (fol. 157b) Chapters 123-214 (?) of the Brut Chronicle (A.D. 1066-1332): ending abruptly (some leaves being lost) ' thay holde in the reame of.' Fol. 157b is torn. (15th cent.)


  • Creation: written in the 15th and 16th cent.


284 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 290

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 21864

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

Physical Facet

On paper


8 × 6 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom