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MS. Laud Misc. 234

Summary Catalogue no.: 1125

Isidore of Seville, Augustine, etc.; Germany (?Eberbach), 13th century, early or middle

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1v-44v)
Isidore of Seville, De fide catholica contra iudaeos

Fol. 1v, preface; fols. 1v-2r, capitula; fol. 3r, bk. 1; fol. 24r, capitula for bk. 2; fol. 24v, bk. 2.

Rubric: Liber sancti ysidori episcopi ad florentinam sororem de testimoniis christi in ueteri testamento
2. (fols. 44v-45v)
Rubric: Incipit catholica athanasi
Incipit: (fol. 44v) Hec est fides chatholica quam exposuerunt patres nostri. Primum quidem aduersus arrium blasphemantem
Explicit: congregati episcopi ccc xxviii

Cf. Susan Keefe, A catalogue of works pertaining to the explanation of the creed in Carolingian manuscripts (Turnhout, 2012), text 158 (pp. 114-15) (Dionysius Exiguus (?), Annotatio ad symbolum Nicaenum)

Incipit: (fol. 44v) Credimus in unum deum patrem
Explicit: anathematizat catholica que apostolica ecclesia

⟨Nicene Creed⟩

Incipit: (fol. 44v) Nos patrem et filium et spiritum sanctum unum deum confitemur, ita ut in trinitate perfecta
Explicit: aduersus ueritatem rebellis est
⟨Fides S. Ambrosii⟩

PL 56.582; Keefe, Creed, text 212 (p. 133); CPL 789.

Incipit: (fol. 44v) Fides dicitur credulitas est ibi credentia catholicam uniuersalem, quia catholica uniuersalis dicitur id est recta
Explicit: christiana ueritate conpellimur
⟨Venantius Fortunatus (?)⟩, ⟨Commentarius Fortunati in symbolum Athanasianum⟩

Keefe, Creed, text 269 (p. 155), CPL 1747, as pr. A. E. Burn, The Athanasian Creed and its Early Commentaries (1896), p. 28-39, here ending in c. 19 (p. 31).

3. (fol. 45v)
Incipit: Signa\Sancta/ scriptura in duas diuiditur partes, id est in historicam interpretationem et intelligentiam spiritualem. Historia simplex est
Explicit: increpatur aut laudatur. Explicit.

Unidentified paragraph on the interpretation of scripture.

4. (fols. 45v-48r)
⟨Cura sanitatis Tiberii⟩
Rubric: Epistola in qua mors pylati continetur
Incipit: Tiberio et uitellio consulibus factum est in ipso articulo
Explicit: manifestare dignatus est ad laudem et gloriam nominis sui. Explicit.

BHL 4218; text varies considerably from E. von Dobschütz, Christusbilder: Untersuchungen zur christlichen Legende (1889), Beilagen, 163**-190**.

5. (fols. 48r-68r)
⟨Isidore of Seville⟩, ⟨Synonyma⟩

Fol. 48r, Prol. prior; fol. 48v, bk. 1; fol. 57r, bk. 2

8. (fols. 85r-86r)

Verses, etc.; contemporary addition.

(fol. 85r-v)
‘De conflictu uirtutum cum uiciis’
Incipit: Vos qui sub christo mundo certatis in isto
Explicit: Si carcer talis deus o tua mansio talis | Pugnatur binis aduersa fronte tyrannis | Inse quisque probet cui nam uictoria constet

WIC 20826, , largely as pr. Romanische Forschungen VI (1891), 2-4

(fols. 85v-86r)
Rubric: at normam uite septena figura columbe
Incipit: Bile caret fellis, careat liuore fidelis

Seven numbered lines followed by a couplet.

(fol. 86r)
Rubric: Decem plagis egypti
Incipit: Tactu plagarum perit Egyptus variarum

WIC 18983, six lines

(fol. 86r)
Rubric: Item unde supra
Incipit: Percutitur denis Egyptus cladibus istis

Twelve lines

(fol. 86r)
Rubric: Sanctus disibodus dixit
Incipit: Sem(en) sermonis qui spargit et insicionis(?)

Four lines

(fol. 86r)
Rubric: Hic notatur incarnatio domini
Incipit: Preco uirgo dens grex pastor stella sabes

WIC 14399, two lines.

(fol. 86v)

Additions, late fourteenth or fifteenth centruy: Eberbach ex libris; pen trials; added verses:

Incipit: Tu ihesus in missa quociensque audis maria | Et flectis genua dat iohannes tibi papa

WIC 19484, 3 lines.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 86 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 296 × 198 mm.
Dimensions (written): 205 × 134 mm.

Decoration

Coloured initials (red, one blue) with very sparse decoration.

Binding

Standard Laudian binding, 1630s.

History

Origin: 13th century, early or middle ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Probably’ from the Eberbach scriptorium (Palmer).

Eberbach ex libris, late 14th or 15th century (fol. 86v)

Identifiable as d 8 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2019) by Matthew Holford, with additional description of content, 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]