MS. Laud Gr. 35
Summary Catalogue no.: 1119
This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 120-33. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Parallel Greek-Latin text, Greek on the right, with a pre-Vulgate version (VL 50) on the left.
Apostle's Creed, added in Continental uncial script, s. viii. Marginal scribbles in Carolingian minuscule.
Note on the oracle of Delphi, added in cursive majuscule, s. vii.
Invocations to the Virgin Mary, added in cursive majuscule and minuscule, s. vii.
Ruled in hard point, before folding; 2 columns of 24-26 lines; ruled space c. 188-210 × 151-75 mm.
Uncial by one scribe.
Additions in Continental uncial, cursive majuscule, cursive minuscule, and Carolingian minuscule.
Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.
Provenance and Acquisition
The edict on fol. 227v may suggest that the manuscript originated in Sardinia or that it was there at an early date; for historical and palaeographical arguments in favour of a Roman origin, see Lai, 2017.
Wearmouth-Jarrow, before 735: correspondences between the text of this manuscript and the text of Acts quoted by Bede in his commentaries on that book make it virtually certain that this manuscript was used by Bede; perhaps brought to Northumbria from Rome by Benedict Biscop or Ceolfrith.
Hornbach abbey, by the late 8th century: inscription, fol. 226v (‘Mariae uirginis Gamundum’)
Fulda abbey (?): perhaps referred to in the Fulda (?) booklist of c. 800 (M. Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon Library (2006) p. 151 no. 2, ‘Actus apostolorum’)
Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian (?): perhaps referred to in the booklist of c. 800, no. 1 (‘Actus apostolorum’), perhaps one of the copies of Acts referred to in the booklist of c. 1000, no. 93 (‘II Apostolorum’), but both identifications are uncertain, and ultimately depend on the assumption that Laud acquired the manuscript from Würzburg.
William Laud, 1573-1645: his ex libris, 1636, fol. 1r.
Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.
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Last Substantive Revision
2019-01-22: Description revised for Polonksy digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.