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Mendham Manuscripts


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The Mendham collection is almost entirely connected with the Council of Trent (the main object of which was the definitive determination of the doctrines of the Catholic Church in answer to the heresies of the Protestants) and includes letters and diaries.


  • Creation: 15th-17th century


4.07 Linear metres (37 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish; Castilian

Preferred Citation

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

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MSS. Mendham 1-37

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13225


Mendham Manuscripts, 15th-17th century, almost entirely connected with the Council of Trent.

Biographical / Historical

Rev. Joseph Mendham was the son of a London merchant, born in 1769, and came to Oxford in 1789 (St. Edmund Hall, matriculated 27 January 1789, BA 1792, MA 1795). In 1793 he took Holy Orders, and from 1836 until his death on 1 November 1856 was incumbent of Hill Chapel, Arden, Warwickshire. Among his works (written from the Protestant point of view) are the Memoirs of the Council of Trent (London, 1834), An Account of the Indexes, both Prohibitory and Expurgatory, of the Church of Rome (London, 1826), and The life and pontificate of Saint Pius the fifth (London, 1832). 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. V, nos. 24394-24430.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Mendham in 1856.

Mendham Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom