MS. Laud Misc. 155b
Summary Catalogue no.: 900
This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 487-514. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
The present compilation of homilies from the Fathers not known from other manuscripts; all identifiable (as indicated below), many from the Homiliarius doctorum often ascribed to Paul the Deacon, in most cases however considerably shortened. Feasts often indicated at the beginning of a text.(fol. 2ra) Temporale, beginning with Christmas Eve and including the Purification (2 February); (fol. 134rb) principal feasts of the Sanctorale after Pentecost; (fol. 177vb) homily in nativitate BMV (impf.; between fols 177/178 (quires xxiv & xxv), one or more quires went probably missing, before the foliation was inserted); (fol. 178ra) Advent. (fol. 198va) Additional homilies for the Sundays from Septuagesima to Passiontide, (fol. 216vb) the homily In passione dni, end impf.; (fol. 217ra) passion of St Juliana (16 February), impf.
Eight leaves missing at the beginning, see the 15th-cent. foliation.
List of contents, on an added fifteenth-century leaf (bifolium, counterpart cancelled, fol. iii glued to the stub).
Fer. 3 post pent.
Dnca 18 post pent.
Passio maior s. Kiliani (BHL 4661), cap. 2–10
De s. Kiliano. Lemma only.
De septem fratribus
Passio s. Iacobi apostoli (BHL 4057)
In assumptione BMV
Passio s. Bartholomaei (cf. BHL 1002a)
De s. Bartholomaeo
In nativitate BMV
Song of Songs 1:2 - 5:1.
In nativitate BMV
One or several quires went missing between fols 177/178 (= quires xxiv & xxv), some time between the late 12th and the 15th century (before the foliation was added).
Letter, 1172–1180: the Dean and Chapter of Würzburg Cathedral, under Dean P(ersius), communicate their position regarding the appeal of a certain canon S(igiloh) to the Cathedral Chapter of Mainz (Johanek, Brief, ed. at pp. 33–34). Inserted by a single hand.
Between fols 214/215 two bifolia missing, lost some time after the 15th-cent. foliation was inserted. As suggested by the entry in the index (fol. 1vd), one or more sermons In passione dni are missing.
Passio s. Mercurii (BHL 5934), impf., cap. 6–10
2 cols. of mostly 25-31 lines (fol. 1, 4 columns of 35 lines). Ruled space c. 290-310 × 204-18 mm.
Partly ruled in hard point.
Partly ruled in lead point.
Protogothic script by several hands.
Fol. 1ra-vd: textualis.
Good initials. (P&A i. 89)
Rubrics in red.
Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written at Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, to judge by the inclusion of the Passio s. Kiliani, and also the inserted letter on fol. 198ra–rb.
Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, 15th century: the 15th-cent. foliation consisting of black roman numerals is identical in style with that of MS. Laud Misc. 157, which has an ex-libris inscription of the Domstift on fol. 227v.
William Laud, 1573-1645: his ex libris, 1636, fol. 1r.
Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.
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