A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Laud Misc. 163

Summary Catalogue no.: 1561


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 530–9. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1ra-297vb)
Legendary (September / October)

Missing 81 leaves at the beginning as indicated by the fifteenth-century foliation.

(fol. 1ra)

St Michael

⟨Apparitio in Monte Gargano⟩ (BHL 5948)
(fol. 3va)

St Jerome

⟨Gennadius of Marseille⟩ , Vita s. Hieronymi (BHL 3869)
(fol. 9va)

St Remigius of Reims

⟨Ps.-Venantius Fortunatus⟩ , Vita s. Remegii (BHL 7150)
(fol. 12rb)

St Leodegar of Autun

⟨Ursinus⟩ , Passio Leudegarii (BHL 4851)
Miracula S. Leodegarii
Incipit: Omnipotens deus qui glorificantes se glorificat. contempnentes autem ignobiles esse permittit. nuper in ueneratione martyris sui beati leudegarii. miracula ostendere dignatus est. Nam in monasterio palmense uti matre eiusdem congregationis
Explicit: ingruere temptauerit. per uirtutem christi expansam sacram uestem contra se deuitent
(fol. 26rb)

SS Sulpicius and Servilianus

(BHL 6066)
(fol. 28ra)

SS Hewald the Black and Hewald the White

(BHL 2803)
(fol. 29ra)

St Francis of Assisi

⟨Bonaventure⟩ , ⟨Legenda maior⟩ (BHL 3107, 3109)
(fol. 116rb)

St Faith

(BHL 2929, cf. 2930, 2928)
(fol. 120va)

St Faith, translation

(BHL 2941; WIC 14339a )
(fol. 123ra)

SS Sergius and Bacchus

(BHL 7606, 7601)
(fol. 132vb)

St Reparata

Incipit: Sub decio preside immanis fuit persecutio christianorum. in ciuitate cesariense. Ibidem erat quedam uirgo nomine reparata annorum duodecim. hilari mente. corpore casta. et christum adorabat
(fol. 134va)

St Denys of Paris

⟨Hilduin⟩ , Passio s. Dionysii (BHL 2172–2176)
(fol. 173va)

St Gereon

Passio s. Gereonis et sociorum

(BHL 3446 , wrongly attributed to Hélinand of Froidmont)

(fol. 179rb)

St Callistus

(BHL 1523)
(fol. 183va)

St Burchard of Würzburg

⟨Ekkehard of Aura⟩ , Vita s. Burchardi posterior (BHL 1484)
(fol. 214rb)

St Gall

⟨Walahfrid Strabo⟩ , Vita s. Galli (BHL 3247)
(fol. 223ra)

St Luke

(BHL 4977)
(fol. 229vb)

St Januarius

(in part BHL 4124, cf. 4115, 4130)
(fol. 229vb)

St Ursula

(BHL 8428–8430)
(fol. 245vb)

St Severin of Cologne

⟨Venantius Fortunatus⟩ , Vita Severini (BHL 7652)
(fol. 247vb)

St Columbanus

⟨Jonas of Bobbio⟩ , Vita s. Columbani (BHL 1898)
(fol. 278vb)

SS Crispin and Crispinian

(BHL 1990)
(fol. 282vb)

SS Simon and Jude

(BHL 7749, cf. 7750, 7751)
(fol. 282ra)

St Quentin

(BHL 6999)
(fol. 296va)

St Rupert

Incipit: Temporibus hildiberti regis francorum anno scilicet regni eius secundo. Sanctus confessor christi rudbertus in wormacia habebatur episcopus qui ex regali prosapia francorum nobiliter ortus
Explicit: candissimis stolis amicti. et eius sepulturam gloriosissime complentes disparuerunt Tu autem domine
Cf. BHL 7392–7394, only occasionally identical, apparently closest to 7393.

Contemporary addition.

Fols. 297vb7–299vb blank.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern endleaf) + i (17th century endleaf) + 299 + i (modern endleaf) leaves, foliated i-ii, 1–300
Dimensions (leaf): c. 480–3 × 350–6 mm.
Foliation: Fifteenth-century foliation in roman numerals, 82–377.


Ruled in ink. 2 columns of 26 lines, ruled space c. 337–41 × 233–6 mm.


Textura by at least two hands (the second from fol. 275r). The life of St Rupert added in contemporary textus quadratus by a third hand.


Blue and red initials, with fleuronnée decoration usually in the contrasting colour.

Coloured initials in red and blue.

Tituli in red.


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


Origin: German, Würzburg (St. Kylian (?)) ; 15th century, beginning

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in Germany, probably Würzburg, perhaps St Kilian, as suggested by the inclusion of the Life of Burchard.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian (?): fifteenth-century foliation resembles that of other manuscripts from St Kilian in the Laud collection (MS. Laud Misc. 153, MS. Laud Misc. 155b, MS. Laud Misc. 157).

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.

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-02-18: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.