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

MS. Laud Misc. 244

Summary Catalogue no.: 1304


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 137 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 259 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 164 × 105 mm.


Fine historiated initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 277, pl. XIX)

Coloured initials in red and blue.


Former chained binding.


Origin: 12th century, second half ; France (?), decoration possibly Flemish (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey, by 13th century, first quarter: ex libris of ‘hugo magister’: see Palmer, Zisterzienser, pp. 144–6.

Probably identifiable as D 6 or D 7 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

‘Fridericus de Valle Diev’, 16th century, i.e. the Cistercian abbey of Val-Dieu, dioc. Liege, a daughter house of Eberbach.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

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), pp. 149, 290–1 [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 [contents]

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-02-07: Description revised for Polonsky to incorporate all information in Palmer and Quarto catalogues.