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MS. Laud Misc. 126

Summary Catalogue no.: 1556


Language(s): Latin

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 401–13. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fol. 1r)
Charlemagne, De litteris colendis

Added in German Anglo-Saxon minuscule, c. 800.

Fol. 1v blank.

2. (fols. 2r-259v)
Augustine, De trinitate (CPL 329)

Preceded by ep. 174 (Ad Aurelium de trinitate), fol. 2r.

Missing one leaf between fols. 37 and 38, and two leaves between fols. 238 and 239, with loss of text in both cases.

3. (fol. 260r)
Book-list of St. Kylian, Wurzburg

Added in German Anglo-Saxon minuscule, c. 800. Most recently edited by M. J. Lapidge, The Anglo-Saxon Library, 148–51.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 260 + i, foliated i, 1–261
Dimensions (leaf): c. 278–85 × 208–21 mm.


Ruled in hard point, before folding. 1 col. of c. 26–35, mostly 30 lines. Ruled space c. 210–30 × 157–80 mm.


Fols. 2r-259v: uncial and half-uncial by at least fifteen hands.

Fols. 1r, 260r: additions in German Anglo-Saxon minuscule.


Pächt and Alexander i. 409, pl. XXXIV:

Numerous important initials.

Rubrics, sometimes incipits and explicits, in coloured capitals.


Corrections and annotations, 9th century and 13th century.


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


Origin: 8th century, middle ; French, North, Chelles (nunnery) or Jouarre (nunnery) (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Ascribed to Chelles by Bischoff, to Jouarre by McKitterick.

At Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, by the second third of the ninth century: evidence of marginalia, and inscription (9th century, middle) on fol. 1v. Domstift ex libris, 13th century, fol. 1v, and shelfmark, 15th century, fol. 2r.

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

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).


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Last Substantive Revision

2019-01-21: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.