Skip to main content

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 (?)

MS. Douce 297
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

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

  • French


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.

Physical Facet

On parchment, imperfect at end, with a few miniatures in capitals, borders, etc.


10 1/2 × 8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom