Scope and Contents
The manuscript contains the Historia Scholastica, an abridged version of the Bible written around 1170 by Petrus Comestor for the students of the cathedral school of Paris. The text consists in the retelling of stories (hence the name historia) taken from the Bible and in their explanation. It became an essential part of the curriculum of the theological school and greatly influenced popular Bibles produced in the 13th and 14th century, especially in France and England.
The main text is preceded by a table of contents, a couple of extracts on the author of the text added by a librarian in the 17th century, and a short letter of dedication to William of the White Hands, Archbishop of Sens between 1169 and 1176.
Folios of the table of contents have been counted using Roman numbers. There are rubricated titles for each section of the text and occasional glosses (i.e. annotations) both in the margins and within the columns reserved to the main text: the former are by different hands, the latter by the same hand at work in the main text. The Gospels and Acts of the Apostles have been more heavily annotated. In the bottom margin of some folios there remain indications for the rubricator on which title to write.
Table of contents:: starts on f. IIr.
Letter of Petrus Comestor to William, Archbishop of Sens: on f. IIIv; begins with the words Reverendo patri et domnino sui Willelmo dei gratia senonensi archiepiscopo.
Prologue: starts on f. 1r with the rubricated words Incipit hystoria scolastica. The text itself begins with the words Imperatorie magestatis est tres in palacio habere mansiones and ends with the words princeps est et principium in the same column.
Historia Scholastica: starts on f. 1r with the words In principio erat verbum. It ends on f. 150r with the words et in loco magis honorabili scilicet in cathacumbis.
Genesis: starts on f. 1r.
Exodus: starts on f. 24r.
Leviticus: starts on f. 37r.
Numbers: starts on f. 42r.
Deuteronomy: starts on f. 48v.
Joshua: starts on f. 51v.
Judges: starts on f. 54r.
First Kings: starts on f. 60r (in the modern Bible, this corresponds to First Samuel).
Second Kings: starts on f. 67v (in the modern Bible, this corresponds to Second Samuel).
Third Kings: starts on f. 72r (in the modern Bible, this corresponds to First Kings).
Fourth Kings: starts on f. 79v (in the modern Bible, this corresponds to Second Kings).
Tobit: starts on f. 89v.
Ezekiel: starts on f. 91v.
Daniel: starts on f. 92v.
Judith: starts on f. 98r.
Esdras: starts on f. 99v.
Esther: starts on f. 101r.
Maccabees: starts on f. 102v; ff. 110 and 111 display the erroneous page intestation HYS. EVA.
Gospels: starts on f. 112r. A later hand has added references to the text of the evangelists in the margins.
Acts of the Apostles: starts on f. 136r.
Explicit: a final section on the fate of the Apostles on f. 150r; it starts with the words Petrus et Paulus rome sepulti sunt.
The hand is very good and uniform. The ink has faded in the table of contents which precedes the main text.
There are a number of good decorative initials.