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MS. Laud Misc. 238

Summary Catalogue no.: 1130

Conrad of Eberbach, Exordium magnum Cisteciense; etc.; Germany, 13th century, first quarter


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-175rb)
Conrad of Eberbach, Exordium magnum Cisteciense

Fol. 1v, capitula; fol. 5r, verse prologue; fol. 7r, dist. 1; fol. 30r, dist. 2; fol. 52v, dist. 3; fol. 93v, dist. 4; fol. 120r, dist. 5; fol. 158r, dist. 6.

Fol. 175rb partly blank.

2. (fold. 175va-181vb)
Guerric of Igny, Sermones in nativitate sancti Johannis Baptistae 1-4

Schneyer II.251, nos. 41-4, PL 185.163-76.

3. (fols. 182ra-193vb)
Miracles of St. Nicholas
Rubric: (fols. 181vb) Miracula et uirtutes sancti nycholai
(fols. 182ra-186rb)
Rubric: De symulachro diane
Incipit: Ex multis ydolatiis que olim piata [sic for prefata] regio dedite fuerat, maximam clementie sue deuotionem erga nefandissime dyane symulachrum exhibere studuit
Explicit: unus deus equalis magestate equalis potestate per omnia secula seculorum amen

BHL 6113, (extract) as pr. Mombritius, Sanctuarium seu Vitae sanctorum (1910) II.301.22-305.52.

Fol. 186rb: BHL 6152

Fol. 186rb-va: BHL 6147

Fol. 186va-b: BHL 6135

Fols. 186vb-187ra: BHL 6137 (incipit and explicit vary)

Fol. 187ra-b: BHL 6138

Fol. 187rb: BHL 6139

Fol. 187rb-va: BHL 6140

Fol. 187va-b: BHL 6140b

Fols. 187vb-188ra: cf. BHL 6148

Fol. 188ra-b: BHL 6144

Fol. 188rb: BHL 6143

Fols. 188rb-189va: BHL 6163, 6164, 6165

Fols. 189va-190vb: BHL 6170a

Fols. 190vb-192rb: BHL 6174 (explicit differs)

Fols. 192rb-193rb: BHL 6172b

Fol. 193rb-va: BHL 6133

Fol. 193va-b (no rubric): BHL 6160

Fol. 193vb (no rubric): BHL 6161

4. (fols. 194ra-198vb)
4.1. (fol. 193vb)
‘De inuentione sancte crucis’

BHL 4169, 4169r

4.2. (fols. 197ra)
‘De exaltatione sancte crucis’

BHL 4178

(fols. 198vb-199avb)
Geoffrey Babion, Sermo 40 (ad moniales)
Rubric: In vigilia assumptionis. Sermo ad sanctimoniales.
Incipit: Omnis gloria eius filie regis abintus in fimbriis aureis circumamicta varietatibus. Adducentur regi uirgines post eam, proxime eius afferentur tibi ⟨Ps. 44.14-15⟩ In hoc versu prophetico, filie dilectissime, gloriam domine uestre describuntur, et meritum nostrum non siletur
Explicit: debeat profiteri. Michi||

Schneyer II.153. Imperfect at end due to excision of a leaf after fol. 199a.

(fol. 199b)
⟨Passio S. Blasii⟩ (fragment)
Incipit: ||Angelus autem domini, descendens ad beatum Blasium
Explicit: exuberant mirabilia dei, cui est honor

Imperfect at beginning due to excision of a leaf after fol. 199a. Apparently a version of BHL 1370.

Fol. 200 blank except for title (‘De inicio ordinis’, and rough later (15th century?) drawing of a young man.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + i + 200 + 1 + ii folios
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (written): 214 × 143 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, iii, 1-198, 199a, 199b, 200, 201-2; 199b is a half leaf.


One fine initial retouched, many good initials. (P&A i. 107)

Red-and-green foliate penwork initial on gold ground, fol. 7r.

Red initials with penwork decoration, the decoration sometimes in green and (fols. 175v-299b) blue.


Laudian binding.


Origin: 13th century, first quarter ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

‘| clariuallis’, fol. 199bv, probably an from a summary of contents.

Probably dentifiable as T7 or d27 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

Erased ex libris (c. 1600) of a Cistercian house, fol. 1r, ‘Liber Marie virginis in ’ (possibly Eberbach, cf. MS. Laud Misc. 292, fol. 1v).

Ex libris of the Cistercian nunnery of Aulhausen (Marienhausen), 17th century.

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. 84-6, 290 [contents, physical description, date, origin, provenance]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [acquisition]

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-20: Revised for Polonsky German