DCL MS. A.I.19Repertorium morale
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Third of three volume copy of Pierre Bersuire's Repertorium morale (made up of separately produced volumes) written in England in the early 15th century. Originally one volume, this part is now split into two volumes.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1m1z40ks804.htmlhttps://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t1mzp38wc608.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: ii+253+i and i+253+i f.
Size: 490 mm x 340 mm


Modern pencil, continuous for both parts.

The first seven folios of the volume is now missing, so no secundo folio text:


19A: I7 (= 8, lacks 1); II-XVII8; XVIII4(=8 lacks leaves 3-6 after f.138); XIX8; XX7 (=8 lacks 8 after f.155); XXI-XXXII8; XXXIII3 (part of an 8, split with B when volume made into two parts);
19B: I5 (see 19A); II-XXXIII8

Catchwords: Contemporary catchwords.

Written in two columns of 59 lines of text, ruled in pale ink


Written in textualis semi-quadrata and textualis quadrata


The section for each letter of the alphabet starts with a large and elaborate foliage decorated initial and a border of red, blue, and gold leaf with a variety of leaves spreading out. Initials for the subsequent entries blue with red flourishes.

Corrections and annotation

Minimal annotation.


Bound in Durham, mid 18th century by Waghorn, brown calf panelled binding, with Durham Cathedral arms added to the centre in the mid 19th century

Manuscript history

Written probably in England, early 15th century.


This manuscript is identified with the second part of the dictionary in three volumes given to Durham Priory by Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham shortly before his death in 1437.

Manuscript contents
Modern title: Repertorium morale
Author: Pierre Bersuire (approximately 1290-1362)
Language: Latin

Third section of alphabetical work, letters P-Z

Digitised version
Digitised in 2015 and available online.

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

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.I.19A - Pierre Bersuire, Repertorium morale, volume 3, part 1

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.I.19B - Pierre Bersuire, Repertorium morale, volume 3, part 2


Gameson, Richard, ed., Manuscript treasures of Durham Cathedral   OCLC citation (London: Third Millennium Publishing, 2010)

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