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Collection Level Description: Fell Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Fell 2, 5-20
Title: Fell Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 12th-17th cent.
Extent: 20 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Latin and Ancient Greek

Administrative/Biographical History

John Fell was born in 1625. After an education at Thame School he was made a student of Christ Church, Oxford, at the age of eleven. Thence he took his MA in 1643. In 1660 he became Dean of Christ Church and in 1675 he was elected Bishop of Oxford. He died on 10 July 1686. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Fell's medieval and antiquarian manuscripts, including lives of saints.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Fell in 1686.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

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. 8687-8708.

For a more detailed description of the medieval manuscripts see

Related Units of Description

MSS. Fell 1, 3 and 4 are now Salisbury Cathedral Library MSS. 222, 223 and 221. Microfilm copies of MSS. Fell 1 and 3 (MS. Film 1782) and MS. Fell 4 (MS. Film. 1878) are available in the Bodleian Library.

Access Points

Manuscripts, Medieval


Fell | John | 1625-1686 | Bishop of Oxford

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