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'Vita beati Edwardi regis & confessoris', Written about the middle of the 15th century in England

MS. Selden Supra 55
Held at the Weston Library

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'Vita beati Edwardi regis & confessoris', a late 15th cent. title. This metrical Life is based on Aelred's Latin prose Life, and contains no original matter. It has been printed in Luard's Lives of Edward the Confessor (Rolls Series, 1858), with a facsimile in colours of fol 9 of the MS. containing a miniature of the king and an illuminated border. The poem beg. 'Quid facial uirtus, que spes speciosa bestis'.


  • Creation: Written about the middle of the 15th century in England


26 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 55


Old Selden mark = 55

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. 3443

Custodial History

Owned by 'Robertus Hare 1552'.

Manuscript 3458 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated border, capitals, etc.


8 3/4 × 5 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom