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

MS. Laud Misc. 211

Summary Catalogue no.: 1063


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1v-123v)
Rupert of Deutz, De diuinis officiis (VII.13-XII.24)
Rubric: Incipit liber septimus domni ruperti abbatis de diuinis officiis. Incipit de die dominice resurrectis[sic]
Incipit: Octavam illamque in paralipomenon
Explicit: tanto difficilior uictoria

Fol. 67 is an inserted slip with just six lines of text on the recto, the verso blank; Book XI begins on a new quire, by a different scribe, and with 23 (instead of 24) lines per page (fol. 68). A new scribe begins at fol. 84, with 28 lines per page. Fol. 109v partly blank, marking a break in production, but text runs without a gap from 'probi ac strenui' to fol. 110r, 'qui dum in prima acie' (XI.18, PL 170.313D), with 23 lines per page.

Ruperti Tuitiensis Liber de divinis officiis, ed. by H. Haacke, CCCM, 7 (Turnhout, 1967), pp. 239–418; the MS. briefly described at pp. xxx–xxxi (siglum ‘E’)
2. (fols. 124r-129v)
Rubric: (fol. 123v) Ex opusculis sancti Ambrosii episcopi
Incipit: Dominus iesus postulatus a discipulis normam sibi insinuari
Explicit: in alios conferre sanctificationis sue gratiam

Unidentified; in large part on Noah's Ark.

3. (fols. 129v-145r)
⟨Hugh of St-Victor⟩, ⟨De archa Noe morali⟩ (extract, II.17-III.14)
Incipit: Tres sunt paradysi. unus terrestris cuius incola fuit primus adam
Explicit: per caritatem roboratur

Omitting the end of II.18 (after 'cibat') and the beginning of III.Prol.

4. (fol. 145r-173v)
⟨Florus of Lyon⟩, ⟨De expositione missae⟩
Rubric: Sermo sancti Augustini
Incipit: In mysterio corporis et sanguinis domini
Explicit: in carne ueritate perceperunt. Pro ipsa enim||

Interpolated text, as pr. PL 119.15–72; omits c. 1, and ends imperfect in c. 54 (PL 119.49D)

(fols. 174r-176v)

Texts perhaps added on originally blank leaves (the leaves have been pricked for 23 lines, as for fols. 110–173, but are written with 31–34 lines):

(fol. 174r-175v)
Letter on the First Crusade by Dagobert of Pisa et al. (Laodicea, 1099)

As pr. H. Hagenmeyer, Die Kreuzzegsbriefe aus den Jahren 1088–1100 (1901), no. XVIII, 167–174, in the second recension ending with c. 18.

Liturgical glosses and expositions:

5.2. (fols. 175v-176r)

On baptism

Incipit: Baptizo i(d est) tingo. Exorzizo i(d est) adiuro
Explicit: gratiam vitę donatus eternę

Resembles Susan A. Keefe, Water and the Word: baptism and the education of the clergy in the Carolingian empire (2002), II, text 11 = Le Pontifical romano-germanique du dixième siècle, ed. C. Vogel et al. (1963–1972), II.172–5 (to c. 21).

5.3. (fol. 175v)

On the creed (?)

Incipit: Consubstantiale unius substantie. Consempiternum i(d est) sine fine
Explicit: Medelam i(d est) medicinam

Probably belongs with the preceding item.

5.4. (fol. 176r-v)
⟨Expositio missae ‘Introitus misse quare dicitur’⟩
Incipit: Introitus missę quare dicitur. eo quod per eum
Explicit: ⟨secret⟩am facimus orationem||

As pr. Amalarii episcopi opera liturgica omnia, ed. J. M. Hanssens, III.318–321, ending imperfect in c. 13 (ed. III.321.7)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment with numerous flaws; some folios possibly palimpsest and with areas left empty by the scribe, perhaps due to the poor quality of the surface (fols. 116r, 117v, 120r-v)
Extent: ii + 176 + ii folios; apparently once part of a much longer volume or, more likely, the second of a two-volume set: 12th-century quire signatures start at ‘xviiii’ (fol. 10v)
Dimensions (leaf): 201 × 128 mm.
Dimensions (written): 167 × 98 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–178


1 column, usually of 23–24 lines, written above top line.

Fols. 84–109 with 28 lines.

Fols. 174r-176v with 31–4 lines.




Red floriate initial with animal motifs (fol. 1v).

Other initials in plain red.

Blank spaces after fol. 131v.


Laudian binding. Polished brown calf with archbishop Laud’s arms in gilt in the centre of each cover. Vestiges of two ties. The spine (split) with the remains of three paper labels, including one pre-Bodleian, handwritten.


Origin: 12th century, third quarter ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Possibly’ from the Eberbach scriptorium (Palmer).

Eberbach ex libris, 15th century (fol. 1r)

Identifiable as c 17 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

‘I5.’ in ink (fols. 1r, 2r).

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638 (fol. 1v).

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former Bodleian shelfmarks ‘F. 26’ and ‘Laud 211’ (front pastedown).

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2019, rev. March 2021) by Matthew Holford and Peter Kidd, with additional description of content and physical description, from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 289 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-04-20: Add ref to CCCM, and additional physical description.