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Historical excerpts by Richard James, Written by Richard James about 1620-1634

MS. James 2
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Historical excerpts by Richard James, from MSS. and printed books, of which the following are the more important:

1, 186 pages:

  1. The letters of st. Thomas à Becket in Cott. MS. Claud. B. 2 (p. 1)
  2. Giraldus Cambrensis from Cott. MS. Tib. B. xiii now in part destroyed by fire (p. 11)
  3. The Historia Aurea of John of Tynemouth in MS. Bodl. 240 (p. 56)
  4. Extracts from Harl. MS. 978 at that time penes dr. [Edward] Lapworth (p. 84)
  5. Excerpts from the printed works of Felix Hemmerli (p. 94)
  6. Shorter notes from MS. e Mus. 155 (p. 120), MS. Bodl. 423 (p. 131), MS. Bodl. 854 (p. 133), MS. Bodl. 810 (p. 135), and others, as specified in the Old Catalogue

2, 192 pages (pp. 69-89, 150-71 are each one page):

  1. Short extracts from MSS. of Capgrave's Legend (p. 1)
  2. Robert Grosseteste's letters (p. 23)
  3. The letter-book of Peter de Vineis (p. 57)
  4. The works of William of St. Amour (p. 64)
  5. 'Quaedam defloratio decretalium' (p. 105)
  6. Herbert of Bosham's life of st. Thomas à Becket (p. 113)
  7. A list of Durham cathedral relics by Robert Hegg (p. 129)
  8. Henry vii's Will (p. 146)
  9. The 'De Claustro Animae' of Hugh de Folieto (p. 150)
  10. The letters of Senatus Wigorniensis in MS. Bodl. 633 (p. 179)
  11. Lucianus 'de Laude Cestriae' in MS. Bod!. 672 (p. 189), and from the 'liber beate Mariae de Overey', i.e. Southwark, at that time at Magdalen college, Oxford, but now Cott. MS. Faust. A. viii in the British Museum (p. 207)

3, 194 pages:

  1. Extracts from the letters in MS. Bodl. 937 (p. 1)
  2. The letters of John of Salisbury, in the library of Jean Papire Masson (d. 1611) and so probably from the MS. now Lat. 8625 at Paris (p. 69)
  3. The Policraticus (p. 81) and Metalogicus (p. 106)
  4. The letters of Arnulf of Lisieux (p. 113) and Peter of Blois (p. 122)
  5. At fol. 146 begin extracts from a MS. said to be at Magdalen college-but not now there-of the 'Dialogus inter Quaerentem et Solventem' printed in the works of Giraldus Cambrensis (Rolls Series) iii. 101 as 'De Jure et Statu Menevensis Ecclesiae Dialogus' from the two known MSS. in the Cottonian collection.


  • Creation: Written by Richard James about 1620-1634


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Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. James 2

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. 3839

Physical Facet

On paper, three MSS. in one volume


8 3/5 × 6 3/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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