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The Rule of St. Benedict and a Psalter, first half of 12th cent. (?)-first half of 13th cent.

MS. Douce 320
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) (first half of the 13th cent.) The Rule of St. Benedict, in French: beg. 'Hui commenca nostre sire seint Beneiet a doctriner et a amonnesteir nos': ends abruptly, some leaves having been lost, 'par les deiens par les', in the section about the prior
  2. (fol. 37) The Psalter and (fol. 73v) (first half of the 12th cent. ?) Canticles, in French, accented for reading: beg. 'Beneurez li huem chi ne alat el conseil des feluns.' Facsimiles of part of fol. 37 are in the printed edition of this MS. by Francisque Michel (Oxf. 1860), and in Westwood's Palœographia Sacra Pictoria (1843-5): see also S. Berger, Bible Française (1884), p. 412. Douce has prefixed at fol. ii a glossary to this Psalter, and other notes, and fol. xx is stated to be a note by J. White, of Newgate St., London.

'In isto libro monasterii Montisburgi sunt Regula sancti Benedicti in gallico Psalterium in Gallico' (early 14th cent.; Montebourg is in Normandy). 'H. Powle. E. 13', late 17th cent.


  • Creation: first half of 12th cent. (?)-first half of 13th cent.


78 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 320

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 21894

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with coloured capitals


12 × 8 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom