A short history of France to about 1204, translated into French from Latin by order of Alphonse, count of Poitiers, to whom the work is dedicated, written perhaps in the last quarter of the 13th cent. in England (?)
After the translator's prologue there is a table of the chapters of the three books: the text beg. 'Apres la mort de Josue': ends, some leaves being lost, in the 17th chapter of the 3rd book, at 'sages hom & de grant pooir.'.
At fols. 30v, 59v some arms of the 'Swale' family are drawn with a lead stylus: perhaps contemporary with the MS. There is also the armorial bookplate of Algernon Capell earl of Essex, dated 1701.
- Creation: written perhaps in the last quarter of the 13th cent. in England (?)
68 leaves, in double columns
Language of Materials
MS. Douce 297
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 21871
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.
On parchment, imperfect at end, with a few miniatures in capitals, borders, etc.
10 1/2 × 8 in.