Bodleian Library logo

Collection Level Description: Mendham Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Mendham 1-37
Title: Mendham Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 15th-17th cent.
Extent: 37 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Italian, Latin, and Spanish

Administrative/Biographical History

Rev. Joseph Mendham was the son of a London merchant, born in 1769, and came to Oxford in 1789 (St. Edmund Hall, matriculated 27 January 1789, BA 1792, MA 1795). In 1793 he took Holy Orders, and from 1836 until his death on 1 November 1856 was incumbent of Hill Chapel, Arden, Warwickshire. Among his works (written from the Protestant point of view) are the Memoirs of the Council of Trent (London, 1834), An Account of the Indexes, both Prohibitory and Expurgatory, of the Church of Rome (London, 1826), and The life and pontificate of Saint Pius the fifth (London, 1832). Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The Mendham collection is almost entirely connected with the Council of Trent (the main object of which was the definitive determination of the doctrines of the Catholic Church in answer to the heresies of the Protestants) and includes letters and diaries.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Mendham in 1856.

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. V, nos. 24394-24430.

Access Points



Mendham | Joseph | 1769-1856 | Anglican Clergyman, Controversialist, and Historian

Contact Information
Search Online Catalogues

Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.

Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.

Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
09 June 2011