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Collection of Latin writings, Written in the 13th century

MS. Selden Supra 31
Held at the Weston Library

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Fol. 5. 'Chronica mendosa Sarracenorum' from the Creation to A.D. 683, with prologue of Petrus Cluniacensis (beg. 'Summa tocius heresis'), and a second 'Prologus Roberti [Retinensis or Ketenensis] translatoris ad dominum Petrum Cluniacensem abbatem': beg. 'Cum iubendi religio parendique': the text begins 'In creacionis sue primordio': at fols. 10v, 11 in the margin is a table of Roman, Hebrew, Egyptian, Greek, Persian, and Arabic months (13th cent.).

Fol. 16. Liber 'de generacione Mahumet et nutritura eius quern transtulit Hermannus Sclavus '[Dalmata]: beg. 'Liber generationis Mahumet nuncii Dei': followed at fol. 23v by 'Doctrina Mahumet . .. ab eodem Hermanno translata': beg. 'Erat nuncius Dei'.

Fol. 32. The Koran in Latin, with a 'Prefacio Roberti translatoris ad dompnum Petrum Cluniacensem abbatem in libro legis Saracenorum quem Alchoran uocant (text beg. 'Misericordi pioque Deo uniuersitatis creatori'), and notes: at end are three colophons:

  1. 'Explicit Liber legis diabolice Saracenorum ...'
  2. 'Illustri ... Petro Cluniacensi abbate precipiente suus Angligena Robertus Ketenensis [i. e. probably Ketton in Rutland] librum istum transtulit anno Domini. M°. c°. xl°. iij°...'
  3. A third which belongs to an Epistola Saraceni cum responsione Christiani (see fol. 5) which is not here: it states that Petrus Cluniacensis abbas got Petrus Toletanus, aided by Petrus (Pictavensis), to translate the work from Arabic into Latin in the year when Alfonso (viii) took Choria (Coria in Spain, i.e. A.D. 1141-3)
  4. Fol. 205 is a defaced leaf of a Latin 13th cent. philosophical treatise, and fol. 206 a similar leaf of a treatise on orthography.

'Liber monachorum Sancti Edmundi', 'M. 10' (14th cent.) with list of contents.


  • Creation: Written in the 13th century


208 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 31


Old Selden mark = 31

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. 3419

Custodial History

Manuscript 3433 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capitals, etc.


9 3/8 × 6 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom