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Latin exercise book of Edward VI

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MS. Autogr. e. 2
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'Liber sententiarum Diuisionum Phrasium & definitionum extractæ ex officiis Ciceronis. Edwardus', exercises written between Jan. 4, 154 7/8 and Aug. 14, 1548, chiefly by King Edward VI, but also in two other hands (see fols. 63-6, 73-80), one of which is possibly, as Mr. E. W. B. Nicholson suggested, that of Barnaby Fitzpatrick (the name 'Barnabas' 'meus puer' is on fol. 55).

When the volume was first referenced (about 1648) it was attributed to Edward VI, but before 1697 a tradition arose that Queen Elizabeth wrote part at least of this book, and fols. 73-80 are not unlike her early writing; if so, she must have been with the King and doing the same exercises from June 7 to 22, 1548. See Literary Remains of King Edward VI (Roxburghe Club, 1857), i, p. cccxxiii; and MS. Bodl. 899.


  • Creation: 1548


86 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

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MS. Autogr. e. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18120


Latin exercise book of Edward VI.

Biographical / Historical

King Edward VI (1537-1553) was ruler of England and Ireland from 1547 to 1553. Barnaby Fitzpatrick (1535-1581) was second Baron Upper Ossory. Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was ruler of England and Ireland between 1558 and 1603.


The original volume was rearranged by the then Librarian on April 15, 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. 3071

Custodial History

Manuscript 2905 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Ex dono doctissimi virj P. Junij Bibliothecarij Regij Anno Domini 1639.'

Existence and Location of Copies

Partial digital surrogate available in Digital Bodleian.

R.Films 101 is a surrogate.

Physical Facet

On paper, bound in limp parchment with gold ornament, English work of about A.D. 1600


8 7/8 × 6 5/8 in.

'Liber sententiarum Diuisionum Phrasium & definitionum extractæ ex officiis Ciceronis. Edwardus'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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