Politics

On this page, you can learn more about the various western medieval manuscripts that contain political works in the St John’s collection.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 12, fol. 11r

MS 12

MS 12 contains a copy of De regno ac regis institutione, a political treatise written by Francesco Patrizi of Siena (d. 1492). This manuscript was produced in France at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The beginning of book 1, depicted here, features an elaborate border and decorated initial.

A full catalogue entry is available here.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 69, fol. 1r

MS 69

MS 69, which was produced in fifteenth-century Italy, contains part 1 of William of Ockham’s Dialogues, a political treatise. Ockham (d.1357) is perhaps best known in relation to the methodological principle of ‘Occam’s razor’. MS 69 survives in a sixteenth century binding with recycled manuscript pastedowns.

A full catalogue entry is available here.

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