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MS. Laud Misc. 312

Summary Catalogue no.: 802

Bede, Commentary on Acts. Germany, s. xi.


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 783–787. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fol. 1r)

Hours of the Virgin III, Matins. Continuation of MS. Laud Misc. 192, fol. 62v.

2. (fols 1v–69r)
Bede, Commentary on Acts

With prologue (ed.: PL 92. 937B–94D; ed. M.L.W. Laistner, Bedae Venerabilis Expositio Actuum Apostolorum et Retractatio, Mediaeval Academy of America 35 (Cambridge, Mass., 1939) 3–90; this MS. at p. xxxv, no. 2; M.L.W. Laistner and H.H. King, A hand-list of Bede manuscripts (Ithaca, NY, 1943) 24, citing the present MS; Stegmüller, RB, 1615 and 1617, this copy). Text partly conflated with his Retractions, as in MS. Laud Misc. 268.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fols 68v and 69v)

Additions of three prayers, followed by a hymn and note.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: mystice gesta
Form: codex
Support: parchment; with (fol. 26) traces of medieval repair (stitching holes) and (fol. 2) A slit-and-tab marker.
Extent: i (17th cent.) + 69 + i (17th cent.) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c.172–80 (fol. 69: 109–10) × 105–10 mm.
Foliation: i, 1–70, in modern (19th-cent.) pencil.


i and ii 8 | iii 8-2 | iv 8 | v 10-2 | vi and vii 10-2 | viii 8 | ix 8-1


Ruling in lead point, one column of 22–26 lines per page. Ruled space c.129–33 × 73–79 mm.


German protogothic script, s. xi, above top line, in several hands. (Item 1) German textualis, s. xiii, in two hands. (Item 3) German textualis, s. xiii, in a single hand. Marginalia in the text hands and in contemporary up to 15th-cent. hands.


Coloured initials in red.



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


Origin: 11th century; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Mainz, Carthusian abbey of St Michael: the late 14th-cent. ex-libris inscriptions at the lower margin of fol. 3r, in tiny script: ‘codex carthusiensium moguncie’, and, in a different hand, at the head of fol. 69r: ‘Cartusiensium est prope mogunciam’ (boxed in).

William Laud, 1573–1645: Ex-libris inscription, dated 1638, at the lower margin of fol. 1v.

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

Record Sources

See above. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

Digital Images

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    Published descriptions:

    Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2 vols. (Oxford, 2018), pp. 783–787

Last Substantive Revision

2023-06-16: Description revised for Mainz digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.