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MS. Laud Misc. 271

Summary Catalogue no.: 1326

Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in evangelia; area of Lorsch, s. ix1


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 590–6. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Fols. i recto-verso, 99r-v blank.

1. (fol. 1r–v)

The beginning is identical with a part of Caesarius Arelatensis, serm. 16,1.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 2r–98r)
Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in euangelia (hom. 2.21–40)

Fols. 11r/12v: The innermost bifolium of quire ii lost, a section of hom. 25 missing.

Language(s): Latin

Added ninth (?) century; scratch glosses in Old High German on fols 2r, 4r, 4v, 32r, 85v (?) & 96r.

Language(s): Old High German
(fols. 98r-v)

Additions, pen trials and sketches, 9th, 10th, 11th centuries

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th-cent.) + 98 + i (17th-cent.) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 318–23 × 212–22 mm.
Foliation: i, 1–99


Ruling in hard point; one column of 29 lines. Ruled space c. 246–49 × 152–66 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, s. ix1, by two main hands.


Drawings (crayon partly inked over later) added 10th or 11th century (?), fol. 98v. Sketches for initial and border, 12th century, first half, fol. 1v. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1296).

Red rubrics and line fillers.


Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.


Origin: 9th century, first half; added decoration, 10th or 11th century (?), and 12th century, first half ; Germany, area of Lorsch

Provenance and Acquisition

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: a 12th-cent. ex-libris inscription and a 15th- cent. shelfmark on fol. 2r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 2r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-05: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.