Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Tanner 15 Nova legenda Angliae (with additions)

  • Latin
  • 1499
  • English manuscripts
  • vellum

A copy of the Nova legenda Angliae, written in 1499 by Jacobus Neel of Rouen and commissioned by Thomas Goldston (II), prior of Christ Church, Canterbury. There are additions in another hand. 301 ff.

Tanner 15

Note: Perfectum est hoc opus wlgariter intitulatum De sanctis Anglie, ad mudem et honorem omnipotentis Dei, ac sancte Cantuariensis ecclesie, ex impensis Reverendi in Christo patris domini Thome Goleston, ejusdem ecclesie prioris, ac sacrarum litterarum professoris egregii, per me Jacobum Neell Normannum, ac Rothomagi natum, anno yerbi Incarnati 1499. Deo gratias (transcribed by Hackman).

Provenance and related aspects
1499 (Hackman).
Origin, provenance
Origin: ass. with Goldston (Thomas) [II, prior of Christ Church, Canterbury]Goldston (Thomas) ... II, prior of Christ Church, Canterbury
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Commissioned by Thomas Goldston (II), prior of Christ Church, Canterbury.
Later provenance: ass. with Jac. OfcoteJac. Ofcote
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According to a note added to the Bodleian’s digitised copy of the Quarto catalogue (linked to below), the official copy of the library catalogue mentions an ownership mark reading Olim possedit Jac. Ofcote (?) miles, which is now lost and may have become lost when the manuscript was rebound. Part of the inscription is also quoted, with one slight difference, in the Bodleian’s Summary catalogue published in 1860 (“owned by ‘Jac. de Ofcote miles’?”).
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand Jacobus Neel of RouenJacobus Neel of Rouen
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Younger hand A later hand added the final three texts, the selection of which may suggest a Welsh interest.
Annotator (Prise)

The Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts (p. 116) notes that there are “annotations in the hand of Sir John Prise” (d. 1555), with reference to N. Ker’s article on Prise. The Bodleian’s digitised copy of the Quarto catalogue repeats “annotations by Sir John Prise”.

John PriseSir John Prise, Syr Siôn ap Rhys
Siôn ap Rhys
Scholar and administrator of Brecon; son of Rhys ap Gwilym ap Llywelyn and of Gwenllian daughter of Hywel ap Madog.
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Codicological information
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Watson, Andrew George, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c. 435-1600 in Oxford libraries, 2 vols, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984.
Vol. 1, 116 [id. 704. ‘Tanner 15’]
Horstman, Carl, Nova legenda Anglie: as collected by John of Tynemouth, John Capgrave and others, 2 vols, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1901.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Wellcome Collection – vol. 2: <link>
Hackman, Alfred, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ, vol. 4: Codices viri admodum reverendi Thomæ Tanneri, S.T.P., episcopi Asaphensis, complectens, Oxford, 1860.
– 1966 impression: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
col. 18 direct link
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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