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The romance of Sydrac and Boctus in 15th-century Dutch, Written in the late 15th century

MS. Marshall 28
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The romance of Sydrac and Boctus in 15th-cent. Dutch.

'Hier beghindt een seer schoon boeck van den wijsen philosooph Sydrach die op aertrijch was duijsent iaeren voor Godts gheboorte, ende heeft ons beschreuen vier hondert ende vier en twintich questien, de welcke seer vremdt ende gheneechalycken sijn om te lesen, die den koninch Boctus den wijsen philosooph Sydrac vraechde'. Prol. beg. 'Dicke helbic die geue besconden' (fol. 1v) Introd. beg. 'Die voersienicheit ons heren des vaders almechtich' (fol. 11); text beg. 'Hier beghint di erste vraghe van desen boche'.


  • Creation: Written in the late 15th century


118 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Dutch; Flemish


MS. Marshall 28

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. 5263

Custodial History

Formerly owned by Peeter Oris of Antwerp, whose comparisons of this MS. with the edition of 1496 are on fols. 10, 114v, dated Apr. 26, 1521. Fol. 1 has 'Ende hoort toe den Lieffhebber der boecken Peeter Oris' and (early 17th cent.) 'ende me Ari ... Boenes'.

Manuscipt (31).


  • Cf. H. L. D. Ward, Catalogue of Romances in the British Museum (1883), i. 903 ff., especially 921.

Physical Facet

On paper, bound in contemporary parchment


10 3/4 × 8 7 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom