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Transcripts of treatises from Brit. Mus. MSS., written in about 1650 by Ralph Jennings

MS. Bodl. 957
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Transcripts of treatises from Brit. Mus. MSS.:

  1. (fol. v) A transcript of William of Malmesbury's treatise de antiquitate Glastoniensis Ecclesiae, with prologue. The prologue beg. 'Domino in Christi visceri-bus': the text beg. 'Post Dominicę. resurrectionis gloriam.'
  2. (fol. xiii) A transcript of a treatise de antiquitate Glastoniensis Ecclesiæ, by John a monk of Glastonbury who made use of William of Malmesbury's treatise. The prologue beg. 'Universis patribus': the text beg. 'Glastoniensem ecclesiam non fecerunt.' The first thirty-five chapters correspond to some extent with art. I, and chapters 36-98 are stated to correspond closely with the rest of the Vespasian MS. From chapter 99 to the end (chapt. 146) John is apparently a continuator of William (about 1190-1342). At fol. 81 some copies of Glastonbury deeds follow, and an alphabetical index: and on fol. 103v a receipt by 'Ralph J ennynges' for 40s. received for his transcriptions and collations.
  3. (fol. 104) A transcript of the Latin Life of Henry V by Titus Livius Forojuliensis of Ferrara. Hearne's edition (1716) was printed from this transcript. At fol. 153 is a Latin account of the first twenty-one bishops of Wells and of Bath and Wells, with a 'prohemium de tempore primævç inchoationis sedis episcopalis Wellensis.' On fol. 160v is a receipt by Ralph Jenninges for 20s. paid to him by Cornelius Bee for the transcript of Titus Livius, Jan. 10, 1650/1.


  • Creation: written in about 1650 by Ralph Jennings


162 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Bodl. 957

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. V, no. 27593.

Custodial History

This MS. was part of the collections made at the expense of Cornelius Bee, the London bookseller, for a second volume of Twysden's Decern Scriptores (vol. 1, 1652).

After Bee's death bp. John Fell purchased it, with other volumes: most of which passed after Fell's death, in 1686, to his son-in-law the Rev. Henry Jones.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1698.

Related Materials

The transcripts have been made from the following Brit. Mus. MSS.:

(fol. v) This transcript was made from Brit. Mus. MS. Cotton Vesp. D. 22, but only extending to 'multipliciter est exhilaratus' (the end of a legend of a crystal cross given to king Arthur by the Virgin Mary).

(fol. xiii) The original of this transcript is no doubt Brit. Mus. MS. Cotton Tib. A. 5, which ends in chapter 140 with 'Pro reuersione de'; the remaining part (1342-1497) is copied from, and the whole treatise collated with, a quarto MS. which belonged successively to:

  1. Thomas Mason, a Glastonbury monk;
  2. Sir Richard Tichborne, who gave it to...
  3. ...Paul Robinson, who presented it to...
  4. the Bibliotheca Sangregoriana at Douay, on July 15, 1651 (see foll. 78, 80, 102, 103v).

(fol. 104) This transcript was made from Brit. Mus. MS. Cotton Claudius E. 3, collated throughout with the MS. of the same treatise at Corpus Christi college, Cambridge.


  • See White Kennett's Life of William Somner in the latter's Ports in Kent (Oxford, 1693), pp. 59, 65.
  • See vol. iii of the present Catalogue, p. 28. 'Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ MS. hunc Codicem dono dedit Henricus Jones, Rector Ecclcsiæ de Sunning-well in agro Berk.'
  • In Bernard's Catalogus MSSrum (1697), tom, ii, pars, i, no. 7037.

Physical Facet

On paper

Repository Details

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