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Old English pieces, written in the second half of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 323

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  1. (fol. 1) The Brut Chronicle 10 A.D. 1332: beg. 'In the noble lande of Surrye': at end is 'Deo gracias', with the arms sable a saltire engrailed ermine between four roses (?) argent (the colours doubtful), with the name 'iohannes tubantisville', as though the scribe or owner (John of Trumpington?)
  2. (fol. 102) At end:--'Explicit liber Petri Plouman', by William Langland: this contains the Prologue and Passus i-xi of the A-text
  3. (fol. 140v) 'Here is the book that speketh of a place that is called the Abbey of the Holy Gost ...', a moral treatise: at the end is a coloured view of the abbey!
  4. (fol. 160) A religious legend of 'Ipotyce', a child at Hadrian's court, in verse: beg. 'Alle that will of wysdom lere', ends, abruptly, some leaves being lost, 'And thanketh God al his wille.'.


  • Creation: written in the second half of the 15th cent.


168 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 323

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 21897

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

Custodial History

Belonged to William (?) Du Pre, a specimen of whose intended metrical paraphrase of fol. 140v in modern English is prefixed: sold by him to Douce, who has inserted notes of his own, chiefly also about 'Explicit liber Petri Plouman', by William Langland here.

Physical Facet

On paper


11 1/2 × 8 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom