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MS. Laud Misc. 237

Summary Catalogue no.: 1013

Physical Description

Composite: six parts, and binding fragments.
Form: codex
Extent: 249 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written): 239 × 159 mm.

Binding

Laudian binding.

Dial bookmark, fol. 230.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Contents suggest that parts of the manuscript belonged to female religious, perhaps the Cistercian nunnery of Aulhausen, a daughter house of Eberbach.

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?), perhaps not until the late middle ages or the sixteenth century.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 1)
Regula S. Benedicti

German translation, for nuns: ‘Eberbacher’ or ‘Oxforder Benediktinerregel’.

Language(s): German

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Decorated initial, cadels.

History

Origin: 14th century, first half ; German

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - Part 2

Contents

Language(s): Latin

2. (fol. 78v)
Ps.-Augustine, De sobrietate et castitate
Incipit: Cum mortalium mutabilis mens vel bonis aliquando vel malis intentionibus delectetur
3. (fol. 86)
Rubric: Sermo ad sanctas virgines
Incipit: Virgines Deo dicate | Attentius auscultate | Que vos quidam idiota | Admonet ex menta tota
4. (fol. 86v)
Sermon on the two thieves
Incipit: In cruce dominus Christus pendebat, Judei blasphemabant, principes subsannabant
5. (fol. 88v)
Verba seniorum
Incipit: Interrogaverunt quidam seniores abbatem pastorem.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 12th century

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - Part 3

Contents

(fol. 168)
Heito, Visio Wettini
Incipit: Cum predictus frater die sabbati cum aliquibus fratribus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 12th century, third quarter

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - Part 4

Contents

(fol. 173)

With commentary (TK 820G):

Incipit: Liber iste nove institutionis, studiose compositionis
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 186)
Incipit: Medicinarum quedam sunt simplices, quedam composite
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 193v)
Judeneid ('Oxforder Judeneid')
Language(s): German
(fol. 194)
Incipit: Aloe, quia a prima litera incipit, erit principium
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 195)
Incipit: Clisteriorum quatuor sunt genera
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Flourished initials.

History

Origin: 13th century, first half ; Italy or France

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - Part 5

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 203)
Iohannitius, Isagoge
2. (fol. 208v)
Hippocrates, Aphorismata
3. (fol. 217)
Hippocrates, Prognostica
4. (fol. 222v)
Theophilus, Liber urinarum

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Good borders, historiated and other initials (drawings). (P&A ii. 101)

History

Origin: 13th century, first half ; Italy or France

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - Part 6

Contents

1. (fol. 229v)
Nauigatio S. Brendani
Incipit: Sanctus Brendanus, filius Phynlocha, nepos Altilde, genere Cogeni
Explicit: cum suis reversus est ad locum suum
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 244)
⟨Dionysius Exiguus⟩, Legend of St. John the Baptist's head (BHL 4290-4291)
Incipit: Quidam monachi de Oriente profecti cupientes que preciose crucis Christi
Explicit: ad sextam kal. Martis per indictionem septimam; ad laudem et gloriam Sancte et Individue Trinitatis [etc].
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Coloured initials.

History

Origin: 12th century, second half

MS. Laud Misc. 237 - binding fragments

Contents

Liturgical fragments (hymnal?)

Used to secure fols. 1/8, 121/128, 137/144, 138/143, 160/167.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Hufnagelnotation

History

Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 290 [contents, physical description, date, origin, provenance], p. 315 [binding fragments]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (12 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography