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MS. Laud Misc. 184

Summary Catalogue no.: 787

Liber de septem sacramentis ecclesiasticis. France (?), s. xiii2/4


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 574–578. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fols. 1r–28v)
Ps.-Hugh of Saint-Victor, Liber de septem sacramentis ecclesiasticis
Rubric: (fol. 1r) Incipit Liber De septem Sacramentis ecclesiasticis

A different hand, presumably of s. xv, added below, in the upper outer margin: 'hugoni[s] de sancto vi[c]tore.'

Incipit: Cvm in sacramentis ecclesiasticis que uel ipse auctor humani generis prius instituit. ut postmodum apostoli spiritu sancto docente
Rubric: (fol. 7r) De Sacramento corporis et Sanguinis dominici
Incipit: Qvia sicut dictum est ad sacerdotis spectat officium consecrare et conficere
Explicit: que tenemur uel monemur credere.' remaneat incommestum uel incombustum
Final rubric: Explicit Liber de Septem ecclesiasticis Sacramentis. Breuiter Et Compendiose Editus

Hauréau, Initia, 1. 273vb, this copy only; Landgraf, Dogmengeschichte, 3/2. 14, this copy; RIMLMA 9842, this copy only). The ascription of the present text to Hugh of Saint-Victor († 1263) in the margin of fol. 1r is not verifiable, even if some text passages are reminiscent of his De sacramentis christianae fidei, as is the case, for example, with De sacramento altaris by Baldwin of Ford OCist (Archbishop of Canterbury, who died in 1190). The present volume is the only known copy of this ‘compendious’ text (see the explicit below). It appears to be divided into two major textual units (at fols. 1r & 7r), as red headers and more elaborate initials suggest; each unit has several subsections, introduced by initials and red rubrics.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 28v)

Four notes, including a note of ownership and prayers; each in a different hand of s. xiii & s. xv (from the Mainz Charterhouse).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Ordo. Eucharistia
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (17th-cent.) + 28 + ii (17th-cent.) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c.157–74 × 115–20 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1-30


Ruling in lead point, one column of 27 (fol. 1r: 28) lines. Ruled space c.118–28 × 78–87 mm.


Textualis by a single hand


Initial in red, with foliate decoration in green.

Plain initials, alternately green and red.

Red headers by the scribe.


Limp parchment case binding for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.


Origin: s. xiii2/4 ; France (?) (Judging by script and decoration. The quire signature at the end of the volume may suggest that the book was originally larger.)

Provenance and Acquisition

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: 15th-century ex-libris inscription at the centre of fol. 28v

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, at the lower margin of 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)


    Published descriptions:

    Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2 vols. (Oxford, 2018), pp. 574–578

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-31: Description revised for Mainz digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.