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An exercise book in the handwriting of King Edward VI

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MS. Bodl. 899
Held at the Weston Library

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An exercise book in the handwriting of king Edward VI, and dated between Jan. 3, 1549/50, and June 4, 1552. The exercises are:

  1. Fol. 1. a list of Greek words corresponding to Latin words in Cicero De Finibus and the 1st book of the Tusculanae Disputationes
  2. On fol. 14v is 'E R' ('Edwardus rex' ?); the king's name does not elsewhere occur, but from about 1648 the volume was called 'Ed. 6. Exercitia scholast.'
  3. Fol. 15. 'Phraseis ex Πολιτεɩα του Πλατωνος', a list of Greek phrases
  4. Fol. 25. Latin phrases from Orations of Cicero


  • Creation: Written A.D. 1550-1551 by King Edward VI


55 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Latin

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 899, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 899

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18100


An exercise book in the handwriting of King Edward VI.

Biographical / Historical

King Edward VI (1537-1553) ruled England and Ireland between 1547 and 1553.


The original volume was taken to pieces and re-arranged by the late Librarian Mr. Nicholson on April 17, 1901.

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. 3030

Custodial History

Manuscript 2904 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Ex dono Doctissimi viri P. Junij Bibliothecarij Regij Anno Domini 1639.'

Existence and Location of Copies

R.Films.101 is a surrogate.

Related Materials

See Literary Remains of King Edward vi (Roxburghe Club, 1857), i, p. cccxxiv; and MS. Autogr. e. 2; and Brit. Mus. MS. Arundel 510.

Physical Facet

On paper, bound in limp parchment with gold ornament


12 3/4 × 8 3/4 in.

An exercise book in the handwriting of King Edward VI
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom