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MS. Laud Misc. 223

Summary Catalogue no.: 1099

Sermons; Italy (?), 12th century, end

Contents

(fols. 1r-123v)
Sermons,

56 sermons, fully itemized in Schneyer Repertorium 9, pp. 46–49; mostly anonymous but including sermons by Odo of Cheriton, Hieronymus Aretinus, Petrus Comestor, Gaufridus S. Theodorici, Bernhard of Clairvaux, Peter of Celle, Peter of Poitiers, and Robert Pullen.

Rubric: [first sermon] De resurrectione
Incipit: Hodierna sollempnitas, fratres mei, multa miracula nobis offert
Incipit: [last sermon] Sed in lege Domini fuit uoluntas eius. De triplici lege hic uidendum est
Explicit: pater apud te est fons uite, apud scilicet uitam, uita sicut alius apud alium||

Ends imperfectly.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 124r-135r)
On the seven sacraments
Rubric: ⟨D⟩e septem columpnis, quas sibi sapientia excidit
Incipit: ⟨D⟩e septem columpnis fidei, iuuante Domino, tractaturi, humiliter inuocemus septiformem spiritum pietatis
(fols. 125r-126r)
Rubric: De catecismo
Incipit: ⟨S⟩uperiori breuiculo excompendio complexi sumus septem esse sacramenta que specialia nominantur
(fols. 126r-128r)
Rubric: De baptismo
Incipit: Uita braciuncula[sic] diei preteriti diligenter expediunt ut credo
(fols. 128r-129r)
Rubric: De confirmatione
Incipit: Ingenii uiuacitate resumpta que quasi torpuerat per laborem
(fols. 129r-131v)
Rubric: De sacramento altaris
Incipit: ⟨A⟩bolescentis memorie uiribus integratis et animo per exercitium
(fols. 131v-132r)
Rubric: De penitentia
Incipit: Ratio postulat, res ortatur, ut expleto spatio quiescendi
(fols. 132r-134r)
Rubric: De sacris ordinibus
Incipit: E(?)uolutis iam columpnis quinque subiectis(?), discutienda est columpna sexta
(fols. 134r-135r)
Rubric: De unctione infirmorum
Incipit: ⟨D⟩iscussis et explicitis sex columnis super est extremus labor ut columpna .vij. attingamus et eius misteria

Fol. 135v blank.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 75r)
Letter
Incipit: Honorande domine et in domino Jesu Christo permande domine Abbatisse de frater M. dictus prior salutem in filio dei

Draft in a 13th-century hand, in a German hand (Hunt) written upside down at the foot of the folio.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 135 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 95–100 mm.
Foliation: i, 1–135

Layout

Written in 34 long lines.

Decoration

Minor initials.

Late medieval sketches added. (Pächt and Alexander i. 499)

Red rubrics.

Binding

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

History

Origin: 12th century, end ; Italian (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Italian script and parchment, as noted by Hunt in the revised Quarto catalogue. Hunt also suggested, apparently on the basis of the draft letter on fol. 73r, that this was one of the manuscripts acquired for Laud in Germany. Its German provenance, if this hypothesis is correct, is unknown; it has not been identified in the medieval catalogues of Eberbach or Mainz.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen (October 2020) from the following sources (with additional description of the contents and additional physical description):
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (1966–1973) I, no. 499 [decoration].
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents, origin, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-10-27: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project.