DCL MS. C.I.5Justinian, Parvum volumen
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Legal texts of Justinian with gloss of Franciscus Accursius in a book which was at Oxford (deposited in the University chest as surety against a loan) and was annotated and used by several owners.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mdv13zt28j.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: i+269+i f
Size: 420 mm x 255 mm


Modern pencil foliation

Secundo folio: Lacks first page, secundo folio would have beentinet dicendum

Four matching coeval sections – f.1-59 (quires I-VIII); f.60-123 (quires IX-XVI); f.124-247 (quires XVII-XXXII); f.248-267 (quires XXXIII-XXXV) corresponding to the principal texts. The first and last (items (a) and (e)) are linked by common scribes and artists as are the second and third (items (b) and (c)).

I7 (= 8 lacks leaf 1), II-VII8, VIII4, IX-XXXI8, XXXII4, XXXIII-XXXIV8, XXXV4. Endleaves (f.268-9)2, formerly endleaf and pastedown.

Catchwords: Contemporary catchwords on all quires apart from VIII, XVI, XXXII, and XXXIV-V (i.e. the ends of each individual section). Leaf numbering (preserved) on some quires.

Two columns.


Written by four scribes: scribe 1 wrote the main text and apparatus of (a) and the start of the main text of (e) plus all of its apparatus; scribe 2 did the main texts of (b) and (c); scribe 3 contributed the apparatus to both (b) and (c); scribe 4 wrote the end of the main text of (e).

Corrections and annotation

Extensive further glossing, marginal and interlinear, throughout (a), the work of several 14-15th century cursive hands. Added glosses and annotation throughout (b), most consistently on f.60r-64r. Additional glossing and annotation throughout (c), most intensely on f.124r-126r. Additional glossing of (e) on f.248r and f.252v by two different hands


Standard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the 19th century). Stains on f.269 from the turnovers and metalwork of an earlier binding.

Manuscript history

Written in Italy or Southern France, mid 14th century (before 1383).


Caucio Roberti Clowttesham et Roberti Redeness exposita in antiqua cista universitatis pro una marca die Mercurii proxima ante festum Natalis domini Anno domini Millesimo CCCmo octomo Tercio, f.268v, centre (erased).

Willelmus Admudeston, Adm′toun, Willelmus Admudeston′, 15th century casual additions, f.269r, at right angles to main text.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-58
Original title: Institutiones, with Glossa ordinaria of Franciscus Accursius.
Author: Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565
Author: Accursius, Franciscus, approximately 1182-approximately 1260
Language: Latin

Starts imperfect within Book I, Titulus 1§3. f.59 blank.

(b)     f.60-123r
Original title: Codex X-XII
Author: Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565
Author: Accursius, Franciscus, approximately 1182-approximately 1260
Language: Latin

f.123v blank.

(c)     f.124-247r
Original title: Justinian, Novellae constitutiones, with Glossa ordinaria of Franciscus Accursius
Author: Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565
Author: Accursius, Franciscus, approximately 1182-approximately 1260
Language: Latin
(d)     f.247r-v
Original title: Tabulae
Date: Added 14/15th century
Language: Latin

Alphabetical listing of tituli in (c); listing by Collatio of the tituli in (c). Uncompleted alphabetical listing of the tituli in (e), by Thomas Swalwell.

(e)     f.248-267
Original title: Libri feudorum
Incipit: Quia de feudis tractaturi sumus uideamus primo qui feudum dare possunt, feudum autem dare possunt archiepiscopus
Explicit: ipso iure incurrat imperiali animaduersione nichilominus puniendus, explicit
Rubric: Incipiunt constitutiones feudorum. Et primo de hiis qui feudum dare possunt et qualiter acquiratur et retineatur
Language: Latin

f.268r-269r blank apart from later notes.

Microfilmed in 1985/86 by the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, St John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Copies held by them and Durham Cathedral Library.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. C.I.5 - Justinian, Parvum volumen
Digitised December 2013 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project
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