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Collection Level Description: Fairfax Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Fairfax 2-29
Title: Fairfax Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 12th-17th cent.
Extent: 28 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Latin, English, French, Gaelic, Middle English, Anglo-Norman, and Irish



Administrative/Biographical History

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax (1612-1671) was a general. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

A collection of manuscripts relating to medieval British history and literature. The manuscripts are mainly Latin, but also include some English, Middle English, French, Anglo-Norman, Gaelic and Irish.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bequeathed to the Library by Thomas Fairfax in 1671.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).

Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), Vol II Nos. 3882-3909.

For a more detailed description of the medieval manuscripts in this collection see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/online/medieval/fairfax/fairfax.html.

Access Points

Literature, Medieval

Manuscripts, Anglo-Norman

Manuscripts, English (Middle)

Manuscripts, Gaelic

Fairfax | Thomas | 1612-1671 | 3rd Baron Fairfax | General

Great Britain | History | Medieval period, 1066-1485


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