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Four short treatises relating to the Carmelite order, Written perhaps in the 2nd quarter of the 16th century in England

MS. Selden Supra 72
Held at the Weston Library

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Four short treatises relating to the Carmelite order, with some corrections in the hand of John Bale:

  1. Fol. 5. 'Cronica parua siue exordium sacri ordinis Carmelitarum ... quem edidit quidam eiusdem Religionis professor': Bale supplies the name, 'Robertus Bale prior Burnehamiensis', that is Burnham Norton in Norfolk: beg. 'Anno mundi. 4186 . Helias propheta primus'. The first few paragraphs are repeated on fol. 3.
  2. Fol. 12. 'Breuis cathologus priorum generalium ordinis Carmelitarum a sancto Bertoldo primo vsque ad Bernardinum de Senis ... compositus per fratrem Johannem Bale inter Carmelitas minimum', but fratrem Johannem, Bale is erased, leaving the work anonymous: beg. 'Quia per temporis successiuam antecedencium patrum viccissitudinem'. This is different from the Catalogus in no. 3429, and goes down to Bernardinus de Senis, elected in 1517 (d. 1523), alive when the Catalogus was written.
  3. Fol. 20. 'Tractatus qui vocatur Laus Carmelitarum a ... fratre Johanne Bakynthorp ...', with an erasure of the name and a note by Bale that the writer was Claudus Conversus, otherwise known as 'Guilhelmus Coventre', William Coventry: beg. 'Carmelus dicitur a car quod est sponsa'.
  4. Fol. 45. 'Alius tractatus minimus eiusdem ... fratris Johannis Bacunthorpe ...', similarly erased and corrected: beg. 'Legitur enim quod ab ordinis Carmelitarum institucione'.
  5. Fol. 2r contains one page only of the end of a treatise and the beginning of 'Hornamentum sanctorum patrum ordinis Carmelitarum' by Thomas Bradley alias Scrope: beg. 'Quoniam Deus in sanctis suis'.


  • Creation: Written perhaps in the 2nd quarter of the 16th century in England


47 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 72


Old Selden mark = 72

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. 3460

Custodial History

Owned by lord 'William Howarde' (fol. 5: he died in 1640): the MS was therefore probably at Naworth.

Manuscript 3475 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On paper and parchment mixed


6 7/8 × 5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom