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Historical and (fol. 140v) legal treatises, Written about A.D. 1130 by William of Malmesbury at Malmesbury

MS. Arch. Selden B. 16
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Historical and (fol. 140v) legal treatises, apparently in the hand of William of Malmesbury:

Fol. 1. 'Historia Daretis Frigii De excidio Troie', with the prologue of Cornelius Nepos.

Fol. 7. 'Excerptum ex libro Catonis de Originibus': beg. 'Dardanus ex Ioue & Electra', with similar excerpts from Justinus 'De Gestis Romanorum' (fol. 7v): beg. 'Italię inquit cultores primi'.

Fol. 11. 'Liber ... Pauli Orosii presbiteri ... contra Paganos', seven books.

Fol. 73. A triple history, as explained in a prologue which a rather later hand has named 'Vox Willelmi', to distinguish it from the text:

  1. Fol. 73, Eutropius de gestis Romanorum, with prologues and the (carefully distinguished) additions and supplement of Paulus Diaconus
  2. Fol. 113v 'lordanis episcopi Ravennatis natione Gothi De gestis Romanorum ... adbreviationis liber', with prologue, as faras Justinian
  3. Fol. 135 'Adbreuiatio Willelmi [de Malmesburia] de gestis sequentium Imperatorum', digested from Haimo Floriacensis and continued to 1127

Fol. 140v. Breviarium Alarici, an incomplete text of unusual type with prologues:

  1. Fol. 140v. Leges antiquae a Theodosio ii minore collectae, A.D. 438
  2. Books ii-xvi of the Theodosian code, with prologue and explanations fol. 180
  3. The Novellae of Theodosius II fol. 180
  4. Valentinianus III fol. 191
  5. Martianus fol. 203v
  6. Majorianus fol. 205v
  7. Severus fol. 206v
  8. Anthemius fol. 207
  9. A text of the third sylloge--vide Mommsen's Theodosiani Libri xvi, vol. ii, p. xlviii: at end 'Expliciunt Leges Romanorum'; (fol. 208) 'Institutiones Gaij' in two books, epitomized
  10. Fol. 211, 'Pauli Institutiones', the five books of Sententiae of Julius Paulus, but excerpts only.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1130 by William of Malmesbury at Malmesbury


226 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Arch. Selden B. 16


Old Selden mark = B. 32

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. 3362

Custodial History

Owned by Selden in 1646 (see his Uxor Ebraica, p. 388, and Ad Fletam, p. 506), and specially bequeathed by him.

Manuscript 3376 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Related Materials

For the chief authorities on this MS. see corrigenda.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in double columns, with one illuminated and many coloured capitals, etc.


12 7/8 × 8 3/8 in.

Repository Details

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