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Rawlinson C: History, Theology, 11th-18th century


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A miscellaneous collection of volumes, chiefly on the subjects of law, history and theology. The volumes include:

  1. Papers of Henry de Bracton relating to the law and constitution of England, 13th-14th century;
  2. Papers of John Robinson, Bishop of Bristol, and afterwards of London, chiefly relating to the negotiations for the Treaty of Utrecht, 18th century;
  3. Manuscripts of John Lewis, Minister of Margate, mainly relating to the rise of Anabaptism in England, 18th century;
  4. Statutes of England, 14th century;
  5. Theological Adversaria of [Peter Gunning, D.D., Bishop of Chichester], in thirteen volumes (chiefly in Latin), 17th century;
  6. A vindication of the validity of Nonconformist ordinations, in reply to the Tentamen Novum and Tentamen Novum Continuatum published by Thomas Gipps, rector of Bury, Lancashire, in 1698-1699, in his controversy with James Owen of Shrewsbury. Apparently a copy prepared for the press, 18th century.

The manuscripts are mainly English, Latin and French, but also include some other European languages.


  • Creation: 11th-18th century

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch; Flemish
  • Danish
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Arabic
  • Swedish
  • Polish
  • Syriac
  • Hebrew
  • English, Old (ca.450-1100)

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Rawl. C. 1-225, C. 225b, C. 226-400, C. 400*, C. 401-462, C. 464-611, C. 612a-b, C. 613-667, C. 668a-b, C. 669-858, C. 859A-C, C. 859A*, C. 860-989

Other Finding Aids

Full descriptions, are in William D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae partis quintae fasciculus secundus, viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum classem tertiam, in qua libri theologici atque miscellanei, complectens; accedit in uniuscujusque classis codicum contenta index locupletissimus (Oxford, 1878). Includes Index for MSS. Rawl. A-C.

Brief one-line descriptions, with shelfmarks and short titles, are in 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. III, nos. 11868-12819.


Repository Details

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