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A Letter-book of the University of Oxford

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MS. Bodl. 282
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A Letter-book of the University of Oxford, 'Registrum F. F.', being contemporary copies of about 200 Latin letters written in the name of the University to kings, bishops, chancellors of the University, and other magnates, from 1508 to 1597, as well as of Latin and English letters to the University: some public business of the University is also recorded in a few places, e. g. at fol. 71v (University Chests, 1524), 109, 123v, 128, 130v, etc.

The general character of the contents may be gathered from the printed edition of the previous Letter-book, 1421-1509 (Oxford Historical Society, vols. 35-6), and from the references in Wood's History of the University. Letters from the King, 1522-34, are at fols. 54v, 58, 104 (four), 106v (three), 109, 127v, 129; and there is correspondence with card.

Wolsey (part published in dr. R. Fiddes' Life of Cardinal Wolsey, 1724, pp. 32-40, 121-3, cp. pp 180-2), archbp. Warham and sir Thomas More. Fols. 109v--18 are occupied with a report on Wycliffe's heretical doctrines, sent to the King in 1530: there are comparatively few entries after 1534. A list of the first twenty-three documents is on fols. 138-9.


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1508-1597 in many hands at Oxford


154 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 282, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 282

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18074


A Letter-book of the University of Oxford

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. 2949

Custodial History

Manuscript 451 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volume probably came to the Bodleian in 1603, 1604, or the first half of 1605. It was borrowed by the Parliamentary Visitors of 1647 (Macray's Annals of the Bodleian, 2nd ed. (1890), p. 105): it was reclaimed from the Archives in 1653.

Physical Facet

On paper


13 5/8 × 10 1/4 in.

A Letter-book of the University of Oxford
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom