DCL MS. C.III.11Bartholomeus de S. Concordio, Summa confessorum
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Bartholomeus de S. Concordio, Summa confessorum written in England, 15th century.

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mn296wz16k.html

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: iv+227+i f
Size: 305 mm x 200 mm


Modern pencil foliation. Parchment tab attached to f.130.


flyleaves (1-3), a bifolium followed by a singleton; I-XXVIII8, XXIX3 (= 4 with 4 cancelled).

Signatures: Contemporary signatures. Contemporary leaf lettering-numbering in first half of quires, from “a1-4” to “z1-4” etc. apart from final quire.

Text-block: 215 x 138 mm. Two columns (65 mm). 38-42 lines (quire I) thereafter generally 44-47. Frame-ruled in ink. Generally single lines, occasionally double for the outer vertical.


Written in Secretary, number of hands uncertain.


First initial (4r) in red and blue, 6 lines high, with red flourishing. All other initials blue with red flourishing: 3 lines high. On f.229v, littere 5c et dimidium uiii / paraph’ 22c et dimidium 4, all in red. The flourisher’s reckoning: either 558 letters, 2254 paraphs; or 550 letters for 8s/d, 2250 paraphs for 4s/d.


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)

Manuscript history

Written in England, early 15th century.


Inscriptions: Bartholom- in Cas- prec xxvj s viij d, 15th century, f.230v.
Liber Roberti Westmerlande monachi Dunelm’ quem emit de executoribus Magistri Thome Hepden, mid 15th century, f.4r (Robert Westmorland, monk of Durham 1423-48; Master Thomas Hepden was presented to the church of Heldon in July 1430).
.[Q]. Liber Assignatus librarie monachorum Dunelm per M. Willelmum Ebchestre Priorem, 1446-56, f.3v. (William Ebchester, prior of Durham 1446-56).

Pressmark: 1a 9i P., 14th century, f.4r, top right; 1a 9i P, 15th century, f.3v.
Note of contents,later 15th century, amplified, end 15th/16th century by Thomas Swalwell, f.3v.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-3
Modern title: Additions
Date: 15th century
Language: Latin

Pentrials, etc. List of numbers.

(b)     f.4r-226v
Original title: Summa de casibus conscientiae
Author: Bartholomew, of San Concordio, 1262-1347
Incipit: Abbas in suo monasterio conferre potest suis subditis primam tonsuram
Explicit: ut dictum est supra inuidia
Language: Latin

Some annotation.

Cited: Bloomfield, 5052
(c)     f.226v-229v
Modern title: Tabula of the Entries in (b)
Incipit: Abbas, Abbatissa, Absolutio
Explicit: Zelus quid sit. Explicit tabula uerbalis super sententiam precedentem Amen.
Language: Latin
(d)     f.229v
Modern title: Added texts on the Sol-fa and the Vices
Language: Latin

Moralising note on the Sol-fa. Sex sunt note per quas totus cantus in ecclesia. Couplets on the seven vices. Written in Textualis.

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.III.11 - Bartholomeus de S. Concordio, Summa confessorum
Digitised September 2017 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project


Bloomfield, Morton W., Guyot, Bertrand-Georges, Howard, Donald R. and Kabealo, Thyra B., Incipits of Latin works on the virtues and vices, 1100-1500 A.D. Including a section of incipits of works on the Pater noster   OCLC citation (Cambridge, Mass.: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1979)

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