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MS. Laud Misc. 132

Summary Catalogue no.: 1565

Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos 119-133; Germany (Lorsch), 9th century, first half


(fols. 1r-76v)
Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos (Ps. 119-133)
Rubric: Incipit tractatus sancti Augustini de psalmo CXVIIII
Incipit: Breuis psalmus est et utilis ualde quem modo nobis cantatum audiuimus
Explicit: esto in unum et peruenit ad te benedictio. Amen.
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus de psalmo CXXXIII

Rubric for Ps. 133 omitted, fol. 73v.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 (medieval parchment endleaf) + ii (later paper) + 74 + 2 (medieval parchment endleaves) + i (later parchment) + ii (later paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 305 × 270 mm.
Foliation: i-iii, 1-79


1-9(8) (fols. 1-72), 10(two); quires numbered (qi-qx) on the final verso, bottom centre.


2 cols., of typically 35-7 lines, 39 in quire 1 and 33 in quire 2. Ruled space 208-17 × 190-5 mm. , with c. 22-5 mm. between columns.

Contemporary running heads throughout.


Caroline minuscule by more than one hand; fols. 1v-7v discussed by Sidney Tibbetts as an example of praescriptio, with short passages written by a 'master' followed by passages by 'students': 'Praescriptiones, Student Scribes and the Carolingian Scriptorium', La collaboration dans la production de l’écrit médiéval, ed. Herrad Spilling (Paris, 2003), 25-38 at 29-31.

Rubrics in uncial.


Rubrics mostly in red.

2- or 3-line initials in plain ink or (less usually) red.


Contemporary and later corrections, marginal and interlinear; extensive alteratations to punctuation, especially in the earlier sections.


A standard binding of the Laudian collection, calf over pasteboards, with Laud's arms in gilt on each cover; rebacked.


Origin: 9th century, first half or middle ; Germany, Lorsch, Benedictine abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Lorsch, Benedictine abbey: identifiable in the Lorsch library catalogues B, Ca and D (A. Häse, Mittelalterliche Bücherverzeichnisse aus Kloster Lorsch. Einleitung, Edition und Kommentar (2002), no. 94, p. 200) as part of a set of Augustine on the Psalms; MS. Laud Misc. 133, fols. 90-143 contains the volume with Ps. 91-100.

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey, lent at one point to the Cistercian nunnery at Dalheim. ‘Liber sancte Marie virginie \in Everbach/ concessus sanctimonialibus in dalen’, fol. 1r, 14th century, with 'in Everbach' perhaps 15th century. For the Cistercian nunnery at Dalheim see Germania Benedictina 9: Die Männer- und Frauenklöster der Benediktiner in Rheinland-Pfalz und Saarland (1999), 426-444. Identifiable as G10 in the 1502 catalogue of Eberbach, 'Sermones augustini super psalmos Initium Breuis psalmus est' (N. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher (1998), p. 238). The manuscript was probably removed from Lorsch to Eberbach between 1233 and 1245 while Lorsch was administered by monks from Eberbach (Palmer, p. 18).

William Laud, acquired 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former shelfmarks L. 39, E. 108 (inside cover), H. 8 (fol. 1r)

MS. Laud Misc. 132 - endleaf (fol. i)


Language(s): German

Ordinances established by the abbot and convent of Eberbach for the Cistercian nunnery of Gnadenthal (near Neuss) following a visitation, dated 29 June 1458; pr. E. Sievers, Oxforder Benedictinerregel (1886-7), 41-3.

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: parchment
Dimensions (fragment): 283 × 301 mm.


Long lines


Cursive (bastarda)


Initial in the ink of the text.


Origin: 1458 (c.) ; Germany


MS. Laud Misc. 132 - endleaves (fols. 75-6)


Language(s): Latin

Missal (fragment for Good Friday)

Tract 'Domine audivi ...' with verses 'In medio duorum animalium ...', 'Operuit celos ...', 'Deus a libano veniet ...', 'In eo dum conturbata ...' (cf. Cantus Index g02680); prayer 'Deus qui peccati ueteris hereditariam ...'; reading from Exodus; tract 'Eripe me domine ...' with verses 'Qui cogitauerunt malicias ...', 'Accuerunt linguas ...', 'Custodi me domine ...', 'Qui cogitauerunt subplantare ...', 'Et funes extenderunt ...' , 'Dixi domino ...', 'Domine domine uirtus salutis ...', 'Ne tradas me a desiderio ...', 'Caput circuitis ...', 'Veruntamen iusti ...' (Cantus Index g02431, 2431a-j); passion reading with voices (c, s, t).

The correct order is fol. 74r-v, fol. 75r-v.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: two leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 303 × 235 mm.


1 col., 28 lines; ruled with a hard point; ruled space c. 230 × 160 mm.


Late Caroline minuscule.

Musical Notation:




Coloured red initials.


Origin: 11th century, late, or 12th century, early ; Germany

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford, March 2022. 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

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital (full facsimile)


    Michael Kautz, Bibliothek und Skriptorium des ehemaligen Klosters Lorsch: Katalog der erhaltenen Handschriften (Wiesbaden, 2016) = Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital [pdf; description by Michael Kautz, 2014]
    Bernhard Bischoff, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (2004) II.3839 (9th century, second quarter / middle)
    Bernhard Bischoff, Die Abtei Lorsch im Spiegel ihrer Handschriften, 2nd ed. (1989), 41, 50, 110-1 (9th century, first half)

Last Substantive Revision

2022-03-24: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.