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Formularium curiae episcopalis Exoniensis, Written in A.D. 1575-1589 at Exeter chiefly by William Germyn

MS. Selden Supra 42
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Formularium curiae episcopalis Exoniensis: copies of citations, inhibitions, certificates, commissions, licences, and the like, issued by the bishop of Exeter through his legal officer, apparently William Germyn, who began to form the book on Oct. 10, 1575. The forms being taken from real 16th century documents are of historical interest, but very miscellaneous:

  1. The only connected series is at fols. 27-42v, 'Forma tractandi in causa', where the whole legal process of the court is exemplified, partly in English
  2. At fol. 76v is an 'Admissio viri ecclesiastici ad gradum baccaulariatus [sic] in arte medicinali'
  3. A slightly later hand, perhaps of Rich. Retorick (fol. ii), takes up the volume at fol. 84v, with 'Licentia docendi grammaticam', cf. fol. 5
  4. At fol. 87v is 'a Licence for a Painter to go to Churches nedefull, to paynte The X. Comaundements, the Quenes Armes & other texts of Scripture ....,'
  5. At fol. 88 an 'Inhibitio ludimagistro docenti absque licentia'

The latest date appears to be 1389. Fols. 93-229 are blank. There is a list of contents on fols, ii-vi, and on fol. 232v a list of churches in the gift of the bishop of Exeter.

The name of Dunsford (near Exeter) occurs in some scribbling, late 16th cent.


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1575-1589 at Exeter chiefly by William Germyn


233 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MS. Selden Supra 42


Old Selden mark = 42

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. 3430

Custodial History

Manuscript 3445 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On paper


8 7/8 × 6 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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