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The Policraticus of John of Salisbury, Written about A.D. 1200 in England

MS. Barlow 48
Held at the Weston Library

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The Policraticus of John of Salisbury, apparently copied at Cirencester from MS. Barlow 6 (q.v.), soon after 1200. This MS., which was used for the Oxford edition of the Policraticus by C. C. J. Webb in 1909 (vol. i, p. xv), once contained the Opusculum Probae printed in Migne, Patr. Lat. tom. xix. coll. 801 et seq., according to an inscription of about 1300 on fol. i: 'Liber ecclesie sancte Marie de Cyrencestria. Hec continents in isto volumine. Policraticus Johannis Sar. diuisus in viii libros. Item explanacio quorundam verborum extraneorum. Item opusculum Probe vxoris Adelphi ad testimonium et noui testamenti versifice compositum.'


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1200 in England


144 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 48

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. 6428

Custodial History

Though at Cirencester about 1300 (see above) this MS. was at Llanthony in Monmouthshire in the 17th cent.: 'Robert ap Powell ap Rychard ap Llewellyn of Ploythe Lantowny in comitatu Herford' (inner back cover).


  • For the 'explanacio' (fol. 137) see John of Salisbury's Letters , ed. Giles, i. 207. Illuminations have been cut out at fols. 1, 2, 3.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in double columns. Binding, white parchment on bevelled boards, 15th-cent. English work, illuminated


15 7/10 × 10 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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