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Fell Manuscripts


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Fell's medieval and antiquarian manuscripts, including lives of saints.


  • 12th-17th cent.


20 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Latin and Ancient Greek

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Fell 2].
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MSS. Fell 2, 5-20

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12952

Biographical / Historical

John Fell was born in 1625. After an education at Thame School he was made a student of Christ Church, Oxford, at the age of eleven. Thence he took his MA in 1643. In 1660 he became Dean of Christ Church and in 1675 he was elected Bishop of Oxford. He died on 10 July 1686. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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, nos. 8687-8708.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Fell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Fell in 1686.

Related Materials

MSS. Fell 1, 3 and 4 are now Salisbury Cathedral Library MSS. 222, 223 and 221. Microfilm copies of MSS. Fell 1 and 3 (MS. Film 1782) and MS. Fell 4 (MS. Film. 1878) are available in the Bodleian Library.
Fell Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom