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Ambrosius, etc. — Chester, Cheshire. Benedictine abbey of St Werburg.

Provenance: Chester, Cheshire. Benedictine abbey of St Werburg.
Location: Bodleian Library , Oxford
Shelfmark: Bodley 843
Author/Title: Ambrosius, etc.
Type of evidence: e: evidence from an ex-libris inscription or note of gift to an institution
Notes on evidence:

'Fuit olim ex monasterii Cestriae' according to Langbaine (Bodl. MS Langbaine 6, p. 60), who catalogued the manuscript when it was Super A Art.81.

Now rebound, s. xix, the inscription no doubt lost in rebinding: it was perhaps 'Ex monasterio Cestrie' as in BL Royal 4 E.viii, etc. No old flyleaves.

Date: s. xii–xiii in

Possibly King Henry VIII, to judge from the description of the binding and the probable form of the lost inscription.

Queen's College, Oxford (cf. Thomas James in Queen's College 62 E 6 (Opera Anselmi), against beginning of De officiis, note written in 1612).


Bodley 843 was rebound in s. xix and contains now no evidence of its provenance. Langbaine records that it was 'olim monasterii Cestriae' (Bodl. MS Langbaine 6, p. 60).