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Religious poems and legends by 'Jon Awdelay', a blind and deaf canon of Haughmond abbey, of Austin Canons, in Shropshire, written in about the second quarter of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 302

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They are very fully described in the 1840 Catalogue, and some have been printed by the Percy Society (1844), vol. 14. At least eleven leaves are lost at the beginning (see note on fol. 2), but the following colophon on fol. 22v may cover all that is written up to that point, ' Finito libro sit laus & gloria Christo | Liber vocatur. Concilium Conciencie sic nominatur | Aut Scala Celi & Vita [Via?] Salutis eterni | Iste liber fuit compositus per Johannem Awdelay capellanum, qui fuit secus & surdus in sua visitacione ... in monasterio de Haghmon. Anno Domini millesimo ccccmo vicesimo vjto cuius anime propicietur Deus.' Some prose is on fols. 32-3, and a colophon in verse on fol. 35, beg. 'Thus conseles Jon the blynde Awdelay | ... | The furst prest to the lord Strange he was | Of thys chauntre here in thys place | ...': i.e. Richard Lestrange, lord Strange of Knockin, d. abt. 1449. One poem is 'de Epistola ... Ihesu Christi de Die Dominica' (fol. 16). An old engraving of hawking is pasted on the inside of the last cover.

'Iste liber pertinet haue thys in mynde | To William Vyott bothe kurteous and kynde | A mynstrall yn Coventr there yow schall hym fynde' (15th cent.): 'The owner of thys boke who lyst to demawnd | Jhon Barkre hyt ys a chanon of Lawnd | Gyvyn to hym hyt was with a gud mynd | By on Wyatt a mynstral bothe curtess' & [kynd] | Hyt ys fre for all ... hyt to rede [?] I But he that steyls hyt may the Devyl ...' (15th cent.). There is also a late 15th cent. epitaph and rhyme on a licentious friar named Andrew.


  • written in about the second quarter of the 15th cent.


36 leaves, in double columns

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 302

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 21876

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

Custodial History

Owned by dr. Rich. Farmer, who has written a note on fol. ii.

Physical Facet

On parchment, imperfect


10 7/8 × 7 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom