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MS. Laud Misc. 246

Summary Catalogue no.: 1303

Physical Description

Two manuscripts (the second in two sections), still separate in 1502, together by Laud's time and probably united by him (notes by his binder on fols. 1r, 2r, 108r, 109r).
Form: codex
Extent: i + 218 (107 + 111) + i folios


Provenance and Acquisition

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 246 – Part 1 (fols. 1–107)


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1r)
Moral verses
Incipit: Dic Joachim Cleophan Salome tres esse maritos
Incipit: Quisquis structuram vult ponere non ruituram

WIC 16207

Incipit: Quando morabamur sub paupertatis amore
2. (fols. 1v-5r)
Bernard of Clairvaux, In adventu domini sermo 1

Schneyer I.442 (1)

4. (fols. 59v-107v)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones per annum siue de tempore et de sanctis (selection)
(fol. 59v)

In labore messis sermo 1 (Sermo de diversis 38); Schneyer I.451 (169)

(fol. 62r)

Sermo de altitudine et bassitudine cordis (Sermo de diversis 36); Schneyer I.451 (167)

(fol. 64r)

In labore messis sermo 3 (Sermo de diversis 37); Schneyer I.451 (168)

(fol. 67v)

In adventu domini sermo 2; Schneyer I.442 (2)

(fol. 70r)

In annunciatione dominica sermo 3; Schneyer I.447 (99)

(fol. 74v)

In annunciatione dominica sermo 1; Schneyer I.447 (97)

(fol. 80v)

In annunciatione dominica sermo 2; Schneyer I.447 (98)

(fol. 83r)

In ramis palmarum sermo 1; Schneyer I.445 (61)

(fol. 84v)

In ramis palmarum sermones 2–3; Schneyer I.447 (62–63), treated as one item; serm. 3 begins fol. 87v.

(fol. 89v)

Sermo in feria IV hebdomadae sanctae; Schneyer I.447 (64)

(fol. 96v)

Sermo in cena domini; Schneyer I.447 (65)

(fol. 99r)

In resurrectione domini sermo 1; Schneyer I.447 (66), seemingly treated as two items, with division at fol. 103r.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 186 × 127 mm.


Red initials with a little decoration.


Origin: 12th century, second half ; German, West


Eberbach ex libris (fol. 107v).

Identifiable as d 16 in the 1502 Eberbach library catalogue.

MS. Laud Misc. 246 – Part 2 (fols. 108–218)

Physical Description

Two codicological units: the original manuscript (fols. 113–218) and an added quire (fols. 108–112) containing an index.



Eberbach ex libris (fol. 108r).

Identifiable as d 13 in the 1502 Eberbach library catalogue (‘Bernhardus super cantica pars prima Initium Abortiui non bap-’).

MS. Laud Misc. 246 – Part 2A (fols. 108–112)


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 109r-112v)

Alphabetical index to Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica Canticorum

Incipit: Abortiui non bapti pena s(ermo) .lxix. C.

Added quire of six leaves, the last cancelled (stub after fol. 112v).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): c. 255 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 190–5 × 127 mm.


Coloured red initials.


Origin: 14th century, last quarter or 15th century, first quarter ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey

MS. Laud Misc. 246 – Part 2B (fols. 113–218)


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 113)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica Canticorum (i-xxx)
Rubric: Expositio domni Bernardi abbatis in Cantica Canticorum
2. (fol. 218v)
Incipit: Quid meruere pati
WIC 15841
Incipit: Dat probitas
Walther Sent. 5006
Incipit: Est melior probitas
Walther Sent. 7617

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): c. 260 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 195 × 120 mm.


Yellow initials (one red) with a little decoration.


Origin: 12th century, second half ; German, West

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 291 [physical description, date, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), no. 114 [origin]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents]
Additional description of content, structure, provenance, and fols. 108–112 by Matthew Holford and Nigel Palmer, April 2019.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-04-08: Further revisions from observation of MS. to provide improved description of content and physical structure