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Cromwell Manuscripts


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Manuscripts collected by Cromwell, consisting of twenty-five Greek and two Slavonic manuscripts. The manuscripts are chiefly Patristic and include sermons and lives of saints.


  • 11th-16th cent.


27 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, and Church Slavic

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Cromwell 1].
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MSS. Cromwell 1-27

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12837

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), Lord Protector, was Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1 January 1651 till his resignation on 3 July 1657. Details can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

Full descriptions, in Latin, are in Henry O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens (Oxford, 1853; reprinted with corrections, 1969).

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. II, nos. 276-99, and vol. V, nos. 27676-8.

The illuminated manuscripts in this collection are described in detail in I. Hutter, Corpus der Byzantinischen Miniaturenhandschriften. Oxford Bodleian Library, 4 vols. (Stuttgart, 1977-1982). Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Cromwell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Cromwell presented the bulk of the collection to the Bodleian in 1654. MSS. Cromwell 15-16 and 27 were given to the Library in 1727.
Cromwell Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom