A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Laud Misc. 121

Summary Catalogue no.: 1566

Augustine, De doctrina christiana; Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, or Niederaltaich Abbey, c. 825–855 (Gozbald).


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 375–81. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1r–77v)
Augustine, De doctrina christiana
Language(s): Latin

fols. i recto–ii verso, and 78r–79v blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 78 + ii (a singleton between fols 37/38 included)
Dimensions (leaf): c. 289–95 × 191–94 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–79


Ruling in hard point in one column of 28 lines. Ruled space c. 235–42 × 145–50 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, c. 825–855, by several hands belonging to the second Gozbald group, originating in the abbey of Niederaltaich.


Simple plain and coloured three- or four-line initials on fols. 1r, 4r, 16v, 38r, 55r


fol. 14r a pen drawing of a fish, s. x (?).


Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.


Provenance and Acquisition

Written either in the Domstift St Kilian in Würzburg or in the abbey of Niederaltaich, c. 825–855, very likely before 842, by several hands belonging to the second Gozbald group.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: entries in the booklists of the Domstift St Kilian from c. 800 and c. 1000; name of a Würzburg canon, Cundradus de Enkersberg (c. ), fol. 31r; 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 1r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, fol. 1r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

See above. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-27: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.