Journal of Sir Frederic Madden

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. c. 140-82; Eng. misc. c. 96, d. 99-100, f. 35
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and Middle English (1100-1500).
  • Physical Description
      47 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The journal of Sir Frederic Madden, with some papers and correspondence, including a fragment of an early 13th-century homily for Palm Sunday in Middle English.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Frederic Madden (1801-1873), Keeper of Manuscripts, British Museum, 1837-66, was an antiquary and palaeographer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1873, on condition that the box containing them should remain unopened until 1 January 1920.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39761-807.


The journal was published on microfilm by World Microfilm Publications in 1973.

Sir Frederic Madden at Cambridge : extracts from Madden's diaries 1831, 1838, 1841-2, 1846, 1859 and 1863, ed. T.D. Rogers (Cambridge : Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 1980).

Robert William Ackerman, Sir Frederic Madden : a biographical sketch and bibliography (New York : Garland Pub, 1979).


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