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MS. Hamilton 45

Summary Catalogue no.: 24475

Theological and biblical compendium, including excerpts from Thomas Aquinas, Catena aurea on the Gospels; Germany (?Erfurt OCart), 15th century, second half


Language(s): Latin

Upper pastedown: table of contents, with folio references

Rubric: Liber fratrum Carthus. prope Erfford. In quo continentur
1. (fols. 3r-10v)
Rubric: \Sermones breues usque ad septuagesimam/ [from table of contents]
2. (fols. 11(a)r-12r)
Conrad of Brundelsheim, Serm. 283
Rubric: \Sermo ex succo de S. Vincentio/ [from table of contents]
Schneyer I.739
3. (fols. 13v–194v)
Thomas Aquinas, Catena aurea on the Gospels (excerpts)
Rubric: Ex glossis continua beate Thome
Rubric: \Exerptum[sic] longum ex glosa continua super quattuor euangelistas que alio nomine dicitur Cathena aurea/ [from table of contents]
(fols. 13v–43r)


Incipit: In ewangelio precipue forma fidei catholice traditur
(fols. 43v–59v)


Incipit: Illuminatio gencium et salus mundi ex dispositione patris
(fols. 60r–135v)


Incipit: Ambrosius. bene congruit uitulo hic ewangelii liber

Preceded (fol. 59v) by a note: ‘Prologus super Lucam cum sua expositione r.(?) bibliam Bartholomei Lowe(n) qui fuit quondam consiliarius episcopi Brandeborgensis quam dedit nobis d. Magdeburg.’

(fols. 135v–194v)


Incipit: Prologus b. Iohannis. Divine visionis sublimitate illustratus Ysaias propheta dixit
4. (fols. 196r–202(a)r)

Notes on and extracts from Romans, I–II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, etc.

Rubric: \Exerptum ex epistolis beati Pauli apostoli per omnes epistolas/ [from table of contents]
Language(s): Latin
5. (fols. 203r–210r)
Alphabetical index to fols. 14–213, Aaron – Zodoma
Rubric: \Registrum super exerptum b. Thome super quatuor ewangelistas/ [from table of contents]
6. (fols. 210v–214r)
Notes on and extracts from Canonical Epistles, Acts, and Apocalypse
Rubric: \ Exerptum ex epistolis canonicis et ex actibus apostolorum et apocalypsi / [from table of contents]
(fols. 210v–211bv)

James, I Peter, I–III John, Jude

(fols. 212r–214r)

Acts, Apocalypse

7. (fol. 216v)
Matthew of Cracow (?), Funeral oration
Rubric: Sermo magistri Mathei de Cracouia in exequiis funerum
Incipit: Mors illi ultra non dominabitur. Ad Ro. 6. Quamquam uas electionis et doctor gencium ad litteram verba proposita de christo protulit, tamen reuerendo .N. felicis memorie, cuius de presenti exequias peragimus, non inconvenienter possunt applicari.
cf. Clavis scriptorum et operum Medii Aevi Poloniae (Cracow, 2019), no. 477/11 (Mikołaj Tempelfeld z Brzegu/Nicolaus Tempelfeld de Brega)

The rest of the volume contains theological notes, often apparently placed rather haphazardly, and linked to other pages by cross-references.

Numerous tipped-in slips (omitted from the ink foliation), referred to within the text as cedulae, often blank on one side, supply further notes, sometimes citing their sources, including: (fol. 16br) ex vocabulario domini Alward’ fratris nostri; (fol. 181b) ex Sexternis Iohannis Indaginis fratris nostri

At least two cedulae (fols. 29b, 50b) are in German; the first refers to the ‘capella sancti Iohannis in Czu malegut predige buch’ (fol. 29br, cf. fol. 50bv), and cites a ‘libello teutonico qui intytulatur De virtutibus et sermones claustrales’ (fol. 29bv).

Language(s): Latin and German

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 273 + i (medieval parchment endleaf) + ii
Dimensions (leaf): c. 215 × 140 mm.
Foliation: 1–220 in medieval ink, preceded by i–ii and followed by 221–223 and with numerous other previously-unfoliated leaves numbered in modern pencil: ‘Really 273 for ff 1, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33, 38, 42, 50, 54, 55, 63, 65, 79, 95, 107, 116, 117, 131, 134, 138, 176, 179, 180, 181, 191, 197, 199, 202, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 214 are double & ff 17, 113, 198 200 are treble.’


Verticals (only) ruled in ink, written in 1 col., except fols. 203–210, in 2 cols., with variable number of lines. Written space varies but typically 180–5 × 100–5 mm.


Gothic cursive


Some initials in plain red.


Early 20th-century(?), three-quarter brown leather. A medieval paper label, probably moved from the front cover of a former binding, now stuck to the upper pastedown ‘Excerptum de glo. continua’ and in smaller script ‘beati Thome super 4or. euangelistas’. Red leather tabs at the upper edge, superseding (missing) tabs at the fore-edge. The flat spine lettered in gilt, the 19th-century leather spine label ‘45’ now stuck to the lower pastedown.


Origin: 15th century, second half ; German, Erfurt, Charterhouse (at least in part) (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The references to ‘domini Alward. fratris nostri’ and ‘Iohannis Indaginis fratris nostri’ suggest that at least the ‘cedulae’ were written at the Erfurt Charterhouse, where Johannes Hagen of Indagine was monk (1440–54, 1465–75) and prior (1457–60); ‘dominus Alward.’ is probably to be identified with the ‘dominus Alwordus professus huius domus’ who is mentioned in the library catalogue as having written C 13 (Nicholas Lyre, now Berlin, SB, Lat. qu. 636) ‘et super prophetas, Machabeorum et alia multa de eadem manu’.

Erfurt (Carthusians) : with their ownership inscription (upper pastedown); probably C. 97 in the late medieval catalogue (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II (1928), p. 294).

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831, identifiable as 330 in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857. Former shelfmark Formerly ‘Addit. MSS Bodl. III.D.12.’ (upper pastedown).

MS. Hamilton 45 - endleaf (fol. 221)


Language(s): Latin

Unidentified theological text

Including a section concerning blasphemy; with every 5th line numbered in the Oxford manner, in Arabic numerals.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: bifolium, cropped but preserving all of the written area
Dimensions (fragment): 205 × 135 mm.
Dimensions (leaf): at least 135 × at least 100 mm.


1 col., c. 23–25 lines, written space 100–5 × 75–85 mm.






Origin: 13th century, late, or 14th century, early ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

Summary description (Jan. 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited and dimensions supplied by Matthew Holford. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-02-04: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project based on examination of the manuscript.