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Henry de Kirkestede: Catalogus Scriptorum Ecclesie

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3470

Scope and Contents

A transcript of a catalogue of the works of patristic and medieval writers on monastic libraries. Writers are arranged in alphabetical order, and under each appear the titles of their separate works with the number of vols to each, incipits, and explicits, and numbers indicating the libraries in which they are to be found. A key is at fos 10-12. Preface at fos 1-10. Fos 149-51: list of Biblical commentators. P. 152: six lines of verse, beginning 'Qui legis hunc librum scriptoris Rex miserere ...'Attached to fo. 1: leaf carrying extracts from register of William Monash, prior of Christ Church, Canterbury, with notes in same hand, the sheet having originally been addressed, in another hand, to Tanner as 'chancellor in Norwich'. The transcript is by Thomas Tanner.


  • Creation: 1694


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1 volume(s) (1 Volume paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly in possession of the Fairfax family of Leeds Castle, Kent. Subsequently Phillipps MS 10428. Purchased at Sotheby's Phillipps sale, 6 June 1898, lot 500.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available


For attribution of authorship to Kirkestede see R. H. Rouse, 'Bostonus Buriensis and the author of the Catalogus scriptorum ecclesiae', Speculum, 41 (1966), 471-99. The original is now lost, see also R. W. Hunt, 'Tanner's Britannico-Hibernica', Bod. Lib. Record 2 (1949), 249-58.
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