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Romance 'Hystoyre de Theseus, Palamon & Arcita et la belle Emylia', a rather later title, written in the first half of the 16th cent.

MS. Douce 329
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Text beg. 'O vous seurs, nees ou mont de Castalia': this romance is stated to be a translation of the Teseide of Boccaccio. The preliminary list of contents of the first book is almost wholly gone: and some leaves are also wanting at the end, the text ending in the 12th book with 'puis ca puis la despandirent le jour', but the last few leaves seem disarranged.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 16th cent.


135 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 329

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 21903

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

Custodial History

The arms and ICC interlaced and green leather binding (now rebacked) show that the volume belonged to the once famous library of Claude d'Urfé (d. 1558) after his marriage with Jeanne de Balzac. In the La Vallière sale in 1783 it was no. 4175.

Physical Facet

On paper, binding: green leather


11 5/8 × 8 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom