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A collection of English and Latin writings, Made up of five pieces written in the 8th, 15th and 17th century

MS. Arch. Selden B. 26

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Mid 15th century, (fol. 3). A collection of over fifty carols and part-music, in English and Latin, the music being in two, three, or four parts: [the whole has been published in facsimile and with a transcription, together with an account of the MS. by mr. E. W. B. Nicholson, in sir John Stainer's Early Bodleian Music (1901), vol. i, pp. xxi-xxiii and xxiv, facs. xxxvii-xcvii and cix; vol. ii, pp. 74-180. Cr.]

2nd half? of the 8 th cent., English writing, (fol. 34). A single leaf containing part of the 11th chapter of the first part of Gregory's Pastorale ('Ex horum quippe specie--uiuere debeat demonstremur', but on fol. 34r several sentences are omitted). 'Tho: Allen' of Gloucester hall, Oxford, owned this leaf.

1st half of the 15th century, (fol. 35). Wycliffite pieces:
  1. Fol. 35. 'Confessio fratris Johannis Tyssingthone de ordine fratrum Minorum', 1381
  2. Fol. 42. 'Prima [2a, 3a, et 4a] determinacio... fratris Willelmi Wyddeforth de ordine Minorum contra magistrum Johannem Wyclyf...', 1389-90
  3. A passage is wanting on fol. 59 after 'durauit secta Iudeorum and 'hie deficit, ideo require' is in the margin
  4. Fol. 83. The hand changes: 1 Hec est copia bulle domini Pape misse vniuersitati Oxoniensi contra magistrum Johannem Wyclyff ...' A.D. 1376
  5. Fol. 83v. 'Protestacio reuerendi doctoris [J. Wycliff] vna cum eius questionibus ... often called Protestatio ad Parliamentum, 1377
  6. Fol. 85v. 'Epistola magistri Johannis Wyclyf...' de condemnatione xix conclusionum
  7. Fol. 87v. 'Determinacio quedam magistri Johannis Wyclyf de dominio contra vnum monachum'
  8. On fol. 94v is 'Memoriale Petri Fader quondam Vicarij [choralis] Sarisburie', cf. MS. Digby 173.
A.D. 1463 ?, (fol. 95). A calendar in Latin, with calendarial tables 1459-76, etc., on fol. 95, 102: in each month are given the conjunctions in 1463, 1482, and 1501. The calendar is apparently for the diocese of London (St. Erkenwald on Apr. 30 and Nov. 14), and an addition at Oct. 15 is 'Dedicacio colchirch Lond', but the last word is not certain.

About A.D. 1636-8, (fol. 103). 'The Royall Slaue. A Tragicomedy'. This was by William Cartwright, and was presented in Christ Church hall at Oxford before Charles i and the queen, on Aug. 30, 1636, see Wood's Hist, of the Univ. sub anno.


  • Made up of five pieces written in the 8th, 15th and 17th century


135 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English

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MS. Arch. Selden B. 26


Old Selden mark = B. 10

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. II, no. 3340

Custodial History

Manuscript 3354 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment and paper


10 5/8 × 7 5/8 in.

Repository Details

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