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Poetry and prose, written in the 14-16th cent.

MS. Douce 379
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of three MSS., comprising:

  1. (fol. 1)(on paper: soon after 1511)'Champs royales', 'Rondeaulx', and ' Ballades', short French poems, sent in to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception at Rouen, Dec. 14, 1511: 'Maistre Guillaume Challenge' received them: the names of the authors are given
  2. (fol. 105) (on parchment, first half of the 14th cent.) 'Incipit abreuiatio de Gestis Normannorum fine compendioso conclusa': beg. 'Rollo Danus Popam filiam Berengarii': ends 'actus imitare non cessant.' A long rubric precedes this beginning ' [A]b enumeracione regnorum ad comicia transitum faciamus, ut que sunt primo loco regie potestati contigua', introducing the following piece, but showing that it is only part of a larger work, though complete in itself (eight books, with 'Supplementa')
  3. (fol. 117)(on parchment, 14th cent., in double columns) Two leaves, not quite perfect, from a French prose romance, in which 'Gal' (Galahad ?) occurs: in the first leaf is a chapter beginning 'Quant tu menaz tanz esconuire fait li bon cheualer': and on the second one beginning '[] ssi est remez laienz Gal' entre lui et Yuain por lui faire conpaignie.' Probably, as the 1840 Catalogue suggests, this is part of the Romance of Lancelot of the Lake.


  • Creation: written in the 14-16th cent.


121 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French
  • Latin


MS. Douce 379

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 21954

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

Physical Facet

On paper and parchment


11 3/8 × 8 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom