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Papal statutes, Written in the late 14th century in England

MS. Wood empt. 23
Held at the Weston Library

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Papal statutes, followed by legatine and provincial constitutions of the church of England:

A. Fol. 1. The statutes of pope Benedict xii for the reformation of monasteries


  1. Fol. 57. The councils of London, 1237, 1269 (fol. 71), Oxford, 1222 (fol. 105), Lambeth, 1261 (fol. 116v), Reading, 1279, with a long preface not as in Wilkins, Concilia, ii. 33, beg. 'Cum recolende memorie' (fol. 127v), Lambeth [1281] (fol. 134v), St. Paul's, 1328/9 (fol. 153v)
  2. Peckham's statute on the obligations of parishioners in churches, beg. 'Vt autem certiores reddantur parochiani' (fol. 153v)
  3. Peckham's statute (really Boniface, as in Wilkins, Concilia, i. 698-9) concerning the payment of tithes (fol. 157v), a constitution on mortuaries (fol. 158v), a constitution of Winchelsea about tithes, beg. 'Inter ecclesiarum rectores' (fol. 159)
  4. Council of St. Paul's, 13[42] (fol. 160), constitution of Simon Islip (fol. 173)
  5. Constitutions of Robert Winchelsea, in visitation, 1305, beg. 'Presbyterii nec non filii sacerdotes' (fol. 174v)
  6. There are also notes about excommunication, from the decretals and provincial councils, beg. 'Quoniam malum vbi cognitum de facili' (fol. 175v)


  • Creation: Written in the late 14th century in England


180 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Wood empt. 23

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. 8611

Custodial History

Fol. 56. 'Iste liber pertinet ad Robartus Tirroldus [sic], si quis inueniet et ego perdeo, adferet ad me et habet duos denarios a me. Johannes Derkes scripsit et si quis queratur pro me habebit me in Abindoni' (about A.D. 1500).

Physical Facet

On parchment, bound in red leather on boards, with loose cover of limp white leather, with clasp


6 1/10 × 3 1/2 in., kept in box covered with brown linen, 6 9/10 x 5 3/10

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom