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Fragments, written in the 13th-15th cent.

MS. Douce 381
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of separate pieces.

Fragments of MSS., inlaid, but generally imperfect:, comprising:

  1. (fol. 1) (French, on parchment: 13th cent., in double columns) Part of a metrical Life of st. Juliana: beg. 'Onques matins qui est en hart', ends 'conuie vn gaignon': see P. Meyer, Docc. manuscrits de l'ancienne littérature de France. Rapports (1871), i. 200.
  2. (fol. 2) (French, on parchment: 13th cent.) Part of the Vision S. Pol en enfer, by Adam de Ros, in verse: beg. 'E par les chefs', ends 'Ki en cest liu serra pose': see P. Meyer in Notices et Extraits, xxxv. 1. 155, Roman. Studien, i. 392 (n).
  3. (fol. 4) (French, on parchment: 13th cent.) Fragments of a double-columned MS. of the romance of the Destruction of Troy in verse.
  4. (fol. 6) (English, on paper: 15th cent.) The characters of the first eighteen days of the month, in relation to good or ill fortune, the first and last days imperfect: beg. 'Wo so that day take sykkenysse': in six-line stanzas rhyming aabccb.
  5. (fol. 13) (Dutch, on parchment: 14th cent., in double columns) Leaf clxxxiv from a volume of Lives of Saints by Martijn van Thorout: in the first column is 'Hier beghint de prologhe ... an sente Waernere die sturce sijn bloet': see Priebsch, Deutsche Hss. in England (1896), pp. 181, 330.
  6. (fols. 14, 16) (French, on paper: 15th cent.) Two leaves from a MS. of the romance of Garin de Montglane (?): beg. 'Maint paien fist a terre': see Roman. Studien, i. 406.
  7. (fols. 15, 17-19) (French, on paper: late 15th cent., in double columns) Fragments of four leaves of French songs (?): the name Guillot frequently occurs.
  8. (fol. 20) (English and French, on parchment: late 14th cent. ?) Four leaves, damaged, of songs with words in English and French, with music on five-line staves: two begg. 'Hafe set my herte', 'Les eux ouert, la bouche close.' 'E. H.' is on the last page.
  9. (fol. 24) (French, on parchment: 13th cent., in double columns) Two leaves from the Chanson de Jerusalem: see Roman. Studien, i. 392.
  10. (fol. 26) (Latin, on parchment: 13th cent., English writing) A large fragment of a Collectar and (fairly complete) a Hymnal: the latter has musical notes. 'Johannes Hearne' wrote his name in it in the 16th cent.
  11. (fols. 63-end) Fragments of liturgical books, some with illuminations, including parts of a calendar (14th cent., French, fols. 63-5), Psalter (13th cent., Latin, fols. 66-72, cf. 181-2), Calendar (15th cent., Latin, fols. 73-5), Calendar (15th cent., Dutch, fols. 77-88), Hours of the Virgin (15th cent., Dutch, ilium., fols. 89-103), Do. several MSS. (15th cent., Latin, ilium., fols. 105-117, 153, etc., etc.), 13th cent. miniatures of sacred subjects (fols. 122-5), illuminations from a large Latin 14th cent. Gradual (?: fols. 128-152).


  • Creation: written in the 13th-15th cent.


184 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French
  • Latin
  • Dutch; Flemish
  • English


MS. Douce 381

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 21956

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

Related Materials

See also MS. Douce a. 1 , some fragments from fols. 63-end were moved to this in 1891: and the foliation of the 1840 Catalogue is throughout no longer correct.

Physical Facet

On paper and parchment


16 7/8 × 13 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom