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MS. Laud Misc. 146

Summary Catalogue no.: 1146

Theological and philosophical texts by William of Auvergne, Simon de Cassia, Konrad von Dryburg, and Heinrich von Langenstein. Germany, 15th century, first half


1. (fols. 1r–16r)
William of Auvergne, Tractatus novus de penitentia (capp. 1–18)
Rubric: Tabula de penitencia
Incipit: Secunda tabula post naufragium qua post reparacionem et liberacionem rursum mersi eripimur
Explicit: cum unigenito tuo deo et domino nostro Ihesu Christo et spiritu sancto paraclito dono sanctissimo tuo est omnis honor et gloria in secula seculorum Amen
Final rubric: Explicit tabula de penitencia

Chapters 1–18 as far as fol. 15r, col. a, line 14 from the bottom pr. in Guilielmi Alverni episcopi Parisiensis … opera omnia … (1674), i, pp. 570–92, with the longer version of chapter 18 as pr. in ibid., ii, pt 2 (a Supplement, with separate pagination), pp. 229–31. The present MS. therefore seems to be a sort of hybrid between the MSS. as originally known to the editor, and a MS. of all 26 chapters (with chapters 18–26 as pr. in the Supplement).

Bloomfield, Virtues & Vices, no. 5371, citing the present MS. P. Glorieux, ‘Le Tractatus novus de Poenitentia de Guillaume d’Auvergne’, Miscellanea moralia in honorem eximii domini Arthur Jansen, Universitatis Catholicae in oppido Lovaniensi professoris [Louvain, 1948/9], pp. 551–65. Included among 17 MSS. listed by J. R. Ottman, ‘List of manuscripts and editions’, Autour de Guillaume d’Auvergne (+1249), ed. by F. Morenzoni and J.-Y. Tilliette (Turnhout, 2005), pp. 375–99 at 385.
Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 16v–24v)
William of Auvergne, De collacione beneficiorum
Rubric: Liber de collacione beneficiorum Wilhelmi Parisiensis
Incipit: Umbram vehemoth[sic] sicud scriptum est in xl Job. umbre protegant umbram scilicet opacam
Explicit: Et si qua sunt circa hec maiora maioribus relinquentes. Et sic est finis sit laus et gloria trinis
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus Wilelmi Parisiensis de collacione et pluralitate beneficiorum
Pr. 1674, ii, pp. 248–60. Among 37 MSS. listed by Ottman, op. cit., at p. 380.
Language(s): Latin
3. (fols. 25r–64v)
William of Auvergne, De universo (III pars, 2 partis principalis)
Rubric: Incipit tractatus de universo
Incipit: Postquam auxilio dei eousque dedixi tractatum de parte nobiliori universi
Explicit: auctori bonorum omnium deo attribuas cum actionibus gratiarum et sic est finis deo gratias.

One rubric is in German: ‘von den holden’ (fol. 59r)

Pr. 1674, i, at pp. 1015–74. Among 44 MSS. listed by Ottman, op. cit., at p. 387. Glorieux, Faculté des arts, no. 148w, citing the present MS.
Language(s): Latin (a few words in Middle Low German)
4. (fols. 64v–65)

Capitula list for the preceding text

Incipit: Capitula de demonibus. Primum de dispositionibus adventiciis
Explicit: Utrum demones habeant propria nomina et sic est finis

Not included in the pr. ed. or other MSS., presumably because the contents are already summarised in the preface (pr. ed. p. 1015; this MS. fol. 25r).

Language(s): Latin
5. (fols. 65v–118v)
William of Auvergne, De trinitate, notionibus, et praedicamentis in divinis
Incipit: Oportet te prenosse in isto sacro et divinali magisterio
Explicit: et hec est intencio unius et multi ubique
Final rubric: Explicit primus tractatus divinalis magistri Wilhelmi seu Gwilhelmi Parisiensis scilicet de sanctissima trinitate nocionibus et predicamentis in divinis
Pr. 1674, ii, pp. 1–64; ed. B. Switalski, De Trinitate, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Studies and Texts, 34 (Toronto, 1976); trans. by R. J. Teske and F. C. Wade, The Trinity, or the First Principle (De trinitate, seu de primo principio) (Milwaukee, 1989). Among 9 MSS. listed by Ottman, op. cit., at p. 386.
Language(s): Latin
6. (fols. 119r–130v)
Simon de Cassia, De gestis domini salvatoris (excerpt: lib. X, cap. 31)
Rubric: De commemoratione
Incipit: Itaque ista erit aptissima regula ad propositum principale puta ad demonstrandum quod hii inquirentes utilitatem plebis
Explicit: qui dat vitam mundo per Ihesum Christum dominum nostrum Amen
Final rubric: Expliciunt determinaciones doctorum de crebra communione
Language(s): Latin
7. (fols. 131r–140v)
Konrad von Dryburg, Determinatio de celebratione missae
Rubric: Incipit determinacio .C. presbiter de celebratione missarum
Incipit: ⟨D⟩eus in adiutorium meum intende Scribitur in Ps lxix […] Reverendi patres domini et magistri cum non virtute sua fragilitas humana
Explicit: ad aliquas horas peculiares vel vigilias mortuorum obligatur
Final rubric: Sic est finis C. presbiter de cele(bratione) missarum summatim repetiti solempniter per Conradum ordinarum doc(torem)(?) Erfordensis. Amen
Language(s): Latin
8. (fols. 140v–152r)
Henricus de Langenstein, De reductione effectuum spiritualium in virtutes communes
Incipit: Propter Ammirari inceperunt antiquitus homines prophetari
Explicit: nos custodiat Marie filius Ihesus Cristus amen
Final rubric: Hec ille ⸻[sic] Explicit edificium magistri Heinrici de Hassia limpidissimi speculatoris deo laus
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus magistri H. de Hassia de reduccione effectuum in suas causas
Language(s): Latin
9. (fols. 152v–163v)
Henricus de Langenstein, De habitudine causarum et influxu naturae communis
Rubric: (fol. 152r) Incipit tractus[sic] magistri Heinrici de Hassia de concathenacione causarum
Incipit: Quia libenter vellem scire modum amministracionis
Explicit: de se videtur propositum patere. Et hec sufficiant de habitudine causarum nature communis respectu miseriorum
Colophon: Edita a subtili speculatore magistro Heinrico de Hassia scripta per manus Johannis de Ackenden’
Final rubric: Explicit tractatus M. Heinrici de Hassia de concathenacione causarum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, frequently with uneven edges and flaws within the text area
Extent: ii (paper) + i + 163 + i + ii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 260 mm.
Foliation: i–iii, 1–166


Uncertain; too tightly bound. There are catchwords on fols. 20v, 28v, 38v, 49v (?), 109v, 121v, and 133v.


Frame-ruled in plummet for 2 columns; ruled space 265 × 180 mm. with 17 mm. between columns.

Scribe A, c. 57 lines

Scribe B, c. 51-2 lines

Scribe B, c. 41-3 lines

Scribe D, c. 44-5 lines.


Cursive, by four scribes: A fols. 1r-16r; B fols. 16v-51r; C fols. 51r-118v; D fols. 119r-163v. The last signs as Johannes de Attendern (fol. 163v) (i.e. Attendorn, Westphalia?; perhaps to be identified with ‘Johannes de Attendern clericus Coloniensis’ who signed and dated Munich, BSB, Clm 3821 in 1416 at Konstanz: see N. Palmer, Zistercienser und ihre Bücher (1998), p. 289; Colophons, no. 8592).


One large puzzle initial in a white metal (now oxidised) edged with red, and blue, with penwork in red and a gray-green (fol. 1r); others smaller, and with less metal (fols. 16v, 25r), one without penwork (fol. 65v).

One initial in the form of a fish with its head nearly cut off, a spear in its mouth (fol. 119r).

One pen-drawn initial in the form of a biting dragon (fol. 140v).

Other initials in plain red, 2 to 4 lines high.

Some cadels with human heads e.g. fols. 15v.

One marginal diagram of an isosceles or equilateral triangle with sides of different length (fol. 105v).


Laudian binding. Sewn on six bands laced into pasteboards covered with brown leather, each cover stamped in gilt with the arms of Archbishop Laud; traces of two ties; the spine renewed.

Accompanying Material

The endleaves (fols. iii, 164) are formed of two parts of a large document in Latin of the first half of the 15th century, erased and largely illegible.


Origin: 15th century, first half ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian Abbey of the Virgin Mary, with their 15th-century ownership inscription, ‘Liber Sancte Marie virginis in Eburbach’ (fol. iii verso); in their 1502 library catalogue as H 20 (‘Tractatus divinalis wilhelmi parisiensis … Initium Secunda tabula post naufragium etc.’) (Palmer, op. cit., p. 240).

Archbishop William Laud (1573–1645), with the usual inscription, here dated 1638 (fol. 1r) and binding; inscribed ‘8’ (fols. iiir, 1r).

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘F. 109.’ (inside front cover, fol. iii verso) and ‘Laud 146’ (inside front cover).

Record Sources

Description (June 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited by Matthew Holford. 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)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-06-25: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.