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MS. Laud Misc. 155a

Summary Catalogue no.: 473


Gregory the Great, Homiliae in Ezechielem
Incipit: Dei omnipotentis asspiratione[sic] de Ezechiel propheta locuturus
Explicit: perpetuam perducit. Sit itaque gloria […] per omnia secula seculorum
Final rubric: Explicit Omelia X Gregorii

Without the prologue.

Book I ends on fol. fol. 66r (‘Explicit omelia XII Gregorii papae’); fol. 66v is blank; Book II begins on fol. 67r.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -lius res ipsa
Form: codex
Support: parchment, with some uneven edges but rarely holes in the text area
Extent: i (later parchment) + 126 + i (later parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 355 × 245 mm.
Foliation: i, 1–127, in pencil, in the usual style for Laud MSS.


Uncertain: too tightly bound. No catchwords or quire signatures survive.


Ruled in plummet for two columns of 40 lines (Muzerelle 2-2-22/ 0/ 2-2/ JJ). Ruled space c. 270 × 175 mm. with 25 mm. between columns.


Several pre-gothic book hands; rubrics in orange majuscules (sometimes oxidised to a silvery appearance); marginal diples shaped like ‘ss’ highlight quotations. Changes of script occur at, e.g., fol. 58r.


Large decorative initials in the inks of the main text and rubrics, usually outlined with lines of dots in the Insular manner, sometimes with rudimentary foliate or geometric ornament, occasionally with a pale yellow background wash (e.g. fol. 77r). 'Good archaizing initials' (Pächt and Alexander i. 46, pl. IV).


Laudian binding. Sewn on five bands laced into pasteboards covered with polished brown leather, each cover stamped in gilt with the arms of Archbishop Laud, with vestiges of two ties; rebacked. Several medieval fore-edge tabs made of parchment knots using MS. waste (see e.g. fol. 14r–v).


Origin: 11th century, end, or 12th century, early ; German, Lotharingia (according to Pächt and Alexander)

Provenance and Acquisition

Medieval shelfmark ‘.C.9.’ (fol. 1r, upper margin).

15th-cent ‘Nota’ marks, manicula, and other marginalia (e.g. fols. 51v, 101r).

William Laud, 1573–1645, with the usual inscription, here dated 1638 (fol. 1r, lower margin).

Donated to the Bodleian Library in 1641 or later (Quarto Catalogue, p. xxxix). Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘A. 175’ (crossed through), ‘Laud 155’ (cancelled by encircling) (inside front cover), ‘A. 175.’ (fol. 1r).

Record Sources

Description (May 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)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-05: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project.