Skip to main content

Gladium Propheli. By the author of “Hope” &c&c &c' (i.e. Francis Edward Paget)

 Single Item
MS. Eng. e. 3968
Held in our offsite storage facility

  • Request

An unpublished fantasy tale for children by Francis Edward Paget, who also wrote The Hope of the Katzekopfs (1844), ‘generally regarded as the first English children's fantasy’ according to the Oxford Companion the Children’s Literature. The manuscript story is in three chapters and recounts the adventures of Ralph Stanley, a dragon slayer. It is dedicated 'To my dear sister'.

(fols. 21-42) are blank.


  • Creation: c. 1835


42 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 3968, fols. 1-2].

Please see our help page for further guidance on citing archives and manuscripts.


MS. Eng. e. 3968

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9674


'Gladium Propheli. By the author of “Hope” &c&c &c' (i.e. Francis Edward Paget)

Biographical / Historical

Fracis Edward Paget (1806–1882) was educated at Westminster School and then Christ Church, Oxford where he obtained BA in 1828 and MA in 1830. He served the Church of England and is best known for his reliogious writings. He was a great admirer of the Oxford Movement and used the form of a novel to propagate the Movement's ideas. For further biographical details see Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Blackwells, 2 July 2014.

Physical Facet

Stationer's bookplate on lower pastedown: H. Hardacre, Hadleigh (trading dates1833-1865).

'Gladium Propheli. By the author of “Hope” &c&c &c' (i.e. Francis Edward Paget)
EAD Version 2018
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom