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'Incipit Breuiarium de consolacione reorum', a legal manual for the use of accused persons, written in the 2nd half of the 14th century in the Netherlands

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MS. Bodl. 988
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'Incipit Breuiarium de consolacione reorum', a legal manual for the use of accused persons. It begins with a prayer, the author describing himself as 'legalis doctrine cultor'. Then follows a list of the 21 chapters ('Contra rescriptum', 'contra publicam scripturam', etc.), the text of chapter 1 beg. 'Rescriptum non valet si tacita ueritate et suggesta falsitate fuerit impetratum'; at end 'Explicit ... [long erasure] Morinaud', the scribe's name (?).

At fol. 99 follow some additions to the original treatise, the first of which is 'Addicio contra actorem': at the end is 'J. Mourinaud': two more additions follow, the latter being 'contra substitucionem uulgarem & de eius materia', with a diagram.

The rude drawing of a Crucifixion on fol. 98v, and other indications, show that the manual is for the use of a cleric.

(fols. ii-iii, 119-120) are leaves from a small 15th century psalter, and there are 15th century additions on (fols. 41v, 111v, etc.)

Dates

  • written in the 2nd half of the 14th century in the Netherlands

Extent

121 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Shelfmark

MS. Bodl. 988

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. 27687.

Physical Facet

On parchment, some leaves damaged and repaired; binding, stamped brown leather, re-backed, with clasps (now lost), contemporary

Dimensions

5 × 3 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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