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Fragments, and a calendar, written in the 14th and 15th cent.

MS. Douce 383
Held at the Weston Library

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Made up of four MSS., comprising:

  1. (fol. 1) (French, late 15th cent., in double columns) Leaves from a finely illuminated MS. of the romance of Gyron le Courtois by Hélie de Borron, numbered i, xxxvi, lxviii, lxx, lxxxvi, xcv, c, cxvii, cxviii, cxxxiv, cxlii, clx, clxxviii, cxcii, cxcviii, ccxxxiv, i ('Icy commence le quart volume de Guiron le courtois ...'). The arms on fols. 1, 17 are Nassau and Vianden quartered, and point to Engelbrecht count of Nassau (d. 1504). The leaves were selected for the miniatures they bear.
  2. (fol. 19) (Latin, 15th cent., in double columns) Leaves from a Collectar, containing the chapters and collects of the Hour Services, antiphons with music, etc.
  3. (fol. 41) (Latin, about A.D. 1400) A calendar from a volume written for 'Johannes Fyschere . qui fecit fieri hunc librum . & dedit ecclesie beate Marie de Nottele' (obit, Sept. 9). The obits are recorded of 'abbas Nicolaus [Amcotes?]', Apr. 18; 'abbas Thomas', Apr. 25; 'Ermengardis comitissa fundatrix nostra', May 13; 'Walter Gyffard [dux Buckinghamiae] fundator noster', Sept. 17; 'Dedicacio ecclesie beate Marie de Nottele', Oct. 20. There are also many notes of births (with sponsors' names) of the family of Pygott, 1541-52.
  4. (fol. 47) (Latin, written in A.D. 1338 at Pisa, in double columns) Fragment (Usura-end) of a law dictionary (Repertorium utriusque juris) with two 'Questiones' and part of the Index. ' Consummatum fuit hoc opus in ciuitate Pisana anno Domini M°.ccc°.xxx°.viii°. mense Decembris ...'.


  • Creation: written in the 14th and 15th cent.


60 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 383

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 21958

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

Physical Facet

On parchment


18 1/4 × 13 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom