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'Incipit liber Ecclesiasticę Hystorię gentis Anglorum venerabilis Bedę presbiteri primus': the five books, with preface, written perhaps in the third quarter of the 12th cent. in England

MS. Douce 368
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

At fol. 79v is a genealogy of Mercian kings, beg. 'Anno ... (626) Penda filius regis Pybbę': and at fol. 80 'Passio sancti Kenelmi martiris', with preface, text beg. 'Kenulfus gloriosissimus ... rex Merciorum': ends imperfect, a leaf or two being lost, 'quibus ducibus patriam beatus mar', but this imperfect chapter and the preceding one, in which an event of the year 1149 is mentioned as recent, have been added rather later.

Fols. 86-end are paper almost entirely blank: fols. 84-5 contain notes by Henry Petrie, Apr. 1828. The text is conflate, according to the rev. C. Plummer.

150 leaves in double columns.


  • Creation: written perhaps in the third quarter of the 12th cent. in England


150 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 368

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 21943

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

Custodial History

On a piece of parchment attached to fol. iiv is 'In hoc volumine continetur liber ... Bede ... quod quidem volumen pertinet ad monasterium Winchelcombense' (Winchcombe: 15th cent.). Owned by Thomas Rawlinson, who had the volume bound and wrote a note in it: in his sale (1733/4) no. 68 and bought by lord Coleraine. It bears the armorial bookplate of 'Phillip Carteret Webb', and was bought by Douce at the Brander sale.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capitals, one containing a miniature, imperfect, binding:


16 3/4 × 11 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom