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'Cur Deus homo, liber Anselmi archiepiscopi Cantuarię' and an elegiac poem, Made up of two pieces written in the 12th-13th century in England

MS. Selden Supra 36
Held at the Weston Library

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Late 12th cent.: with illuminated capitals, etc., (fol. 1). 'Cur Deus homo, liber Anselmi archiepiscopi Cantuarię', in two books with preface.

1st half of the 13th cent.: with illuminated borders, capitals, etc.,:

  1. Fol. 33. 'Liber R. abbatis de Waled de laude Sancte Crucis', an elegiac poem, in two books: beg. 'Pauca loqui de laude Crucis presumptio dulcis', by an abbot of the house of Waltham Holy Cross
  2. Almost all of fol. 69 has been torn out, containing the beginning of the last section in which the author addresses a body of men as an exile, and hopes that they will recall him
  3. A nearly contemporary hand corrects errors of metre, omissions, etc., e.g. on fols. 35, 41, 42v, 47
  4. Some 16th cent. English verses are on fol. 72v, and a French note.

See MS. Seldon Supra 36*.


  • Creation: Made up of two pieces written in the 12th-13th century in England


74 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 36


Old Selden mark = 36

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. 3424

Custodial History

Manuscript 3438 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, white parchment on boards, title on back, clasp lost, worn, 13th century English work


8 1/8 × 5 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom