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MS 22: Vita Crysty (Vol. 2) by Ludolph of Saxony, 16th century

Identifier: MS 22


Vita Chrysty is a sixteenth-century English translation of Ludolph of Saxony's Vita Christi from the second half of the fourteenth century. The original text by Ludolph of Saxony includes a biography of Christ, as well as moral and spiritual instruction and prayers. In this, Ludolph combined the work from over sixty earlier Christian writers. The influence and popularity of Ludolph of Saxony's original text is demonstrated by the large number of surviving manuscript copies and later translations, such as this sixteenth-century English version. This particular manuscript seems to have been originally part of a larger volume, joined with BL MS Additional 16609 of the British Library, although much is missing of the original from which these two manscripts were part. MS 22 is in fact only a section of the full Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony, titled The Secunde Volume of Vita Crysty in Englishe in the manuscript.


  1. ff. 1r-7v. Chapter I: 'How that Seynt Petre for hymself and for the other appostells knowleaged Jhū Cryste to be the very son of god'
  2. ff. 7v-13v. Chapter II: 'Of the exhortacion how many oughte to ensew Jhū Cryste by the xample of his passion
  3. ff. 14r-20v. Chapter III: 'Of the transfiguracion of oure Lorde
  4. ff.20v-24v. Chapter IV: 'Of the healyng of oon that was Lunatik
  5. f.24v. Chapter V: the beginning of this chapter is all that appears, and it has been covered over with a piece of paper
  6. ff.25r-29v. Chapter XXXVI: 'Of the servant of Senturion which hadde the Paulsy'
  7. ff.29v-36r. Chapter XXXVII: 'How our Lorde healed and redemed oon that was vexed with the feude and also how he gave helthe to the mother of the wyfe of Seynt Petre'
  8. ff.36r-41r. Chapter XXXVIII: 'Of the raysyng from deth to Lyve of the wedowes son'
  9. ff.41r-45r. Chapter XXXIX: 'Of the false scribe'; ends on f. 45r with 'also the erthe and londe where the salt is sowen is made therby barayne and unfrewteful.'
Writing A good English hand of the sixteenth century, with ornamental initials, but no colour in the volume.


  • 16th century


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Previous reference

D.b. I. 14

Physical Facet

Material: Paper.

Binding: Modern, lettered 'Vita Chrysty'. End boards are unattached.


37.47cm x 26.04cm


Secundo folio: after Crisostome
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 45, 36 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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