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Ancient History until Caesar, written in the second half of the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 353
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 5v) '... Lystoire de Thebes', or, as the colophon, 'La destruction de Thebes', preceded by an introduction, which beg. 'Deuant que Rome fut fondee.'.
  2. (fol. 26v) '... Lystoire des batailles qui furent entre les Grecs et aultres roys & de la vaillance de Hercules de Theseus ... ': beg. 'Apres ce que Thebes fut destruite.'.
  3. (fol. 30v) '... La vraye Ystoire de Troye la grant ... toute complaitte sans riens abreger': called at the end 'La Destruction de Troyes la grande': on fol. 39 part of the text is wanting. This is stated to be a French translation of the Latin work by Guido de Columna, which was itself based on Benoit de Sainte-More's Roman de Troie.


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


201 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce 353

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 21928

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with several miniatures (some partly defaced), capitals, etc., binding: green velvet


12 7/8 × 10 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom