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MS 82: Fasciculus Morum, a handbook for preachers by an unknown author, 15th century

Identifier: MS 82


The Fasciculus Morum is a handbook for preachers written by an unknown Franciscan friar in the 14th century. This copy was done in the 15th century. An inscription in a 17th century hand, Fasciculus Morum per fratrem Thomam Acclom Carmelitam, tells us that Thomas Acclom of the Carmelite Order was either the scribe of this manuscript or the supposed author of the book.
Incipit and prologue: on f. 4r a title indicates the beginning the text: Incipit liber qui vocatur Fasciculus Morum. It is followed by a prologue, which starts with the following words: Frater predilecte ac sodalis preelecte and ends with: regraciari et laudare curetis.
Text: The first part starts on f. 4r with the following words: Et enim habetur in regula beati patris francisci. Part II starts on f. 25v; part III, on f. 35v; part IV, on f. 81r; part V, on f. 104v; part VI, on f. 217v; part VII, on f. 240r, and ends on f. 274r with the following words: et decus illius sanctissime civitatis. Amen. Et ibi finis libri.
Sermones: 40 in number. Start on f. 274r with the following opening words: Jam sequuntur sermones. Ecce rex tuus venit tibi. And end on f. 291r with the following words: Amen. Et sicut istius libri finem feci. In vigilia Sancti Eusebii.
Tabula: starts on f. 291r with the following words: Jam sequitur tabula istius libri. First entry: ‘Absolon’, last entry: ‘Ydropsis’. Ends on f. 315v with the following words: Explicit tabula super tractatum qui intitulatur Fasciculus Morum.
Writing Well written by one hand throughout, with filigree initials.


  • 15th century


Language of Materials

Latin; Middle English.

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

Custodial History

Probably an English manuscript, but no marks of origin or ownership are found.

Previous reference

D. b. IV. 16.


This manuscript is mentioned on p. 373 of Bloomfield, Morton. “A Preliminary List of Incipits of Latin Works on the Virtues and Vices, Mainly of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries.” Traditio, vol. 11, 1955, p. 259-379.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper and vellum

Binding: Modern. The title 'TRACTATUS SIVE FASCICULUS MORUM MS. SAEC. XIV.' is stamped in gold on the outer cover spine upright. Damaged: the front cover is detached.

Collation: a10, b8, c12—e12, f10, g12-q12, r16, s12-C12, D10=318.


21.60 cm x 14.92 cm


Secundo folio: a paleis
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 318, 28-33 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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