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'The Sacred Warr...', a poem chiefly on the Crusades

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MS. Add. C. 281
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'The Sacred Warr, an History conteyning the Christian Conquest of the Holy Land ... [etc.], from ... anno 568 till anno 1588 ... Reduced into a Poem Epike by Robert Barret 1610' [altered from 1606?, cf. p. 1110], a very long poem, chiefly on the Crusades, in rhyming quatrains; with prefaces, arguments to the thirty-two books, notes and indexes. The number of lines probably exceeds 65000.

At p. 1117 is a prose account of the' Military offices of the Turkish Empery.'


  • Creation: written in 1606-1610 by R. Barret


1222 pages

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. C. 281, pp. 1-2]

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MS. Add. C. 281

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19983


'The Sacred Warr...', a poem chiefly on the Crusades, written in 1606-1610 by R. Barret.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Barret (fl. 1586?–1607) was a soldier and author.

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. V, no. 29573.

Custodial History

On the inner cover is an armorial hook plate, perhaps of John Dugdale of Blithe Hall, Warwickshire ('Nicholls sculp. 1729'). Owned by 'Robert Southey, London, 1813': in the Thomas Corser sale, first part (1868), lot 188, and sold to - Bumstead, bookseller.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In the James Crossley sale, second part, June 20, 1885, (lot 2921) when it was bought for the Library for £9 10s.


  • See Corser's Collectanea Anglo-poetica, i. (1860) p. 193.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.

'The Sacred Warr...', a poem chiefly on the Crusades
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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Repository Details

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