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MS. Laud Misc. 346

Summary Catalogue no.: 949

Vitas patrum; Germany, 15th century, middle or second half

Contents

Vitas patrum (part 2)
(fols. 1r-85v)
⟨Ps.-Jerome⟩, Verba seniorum siue Liber adhortationum sanctorum patrum
Rubric: De penitencia
Incipit: Dixerunt fratres de abbate Gelasio quia habuerit codicem
Rubric: (fol. 32v, before VI.i)Explicit de contemplacione. Vsque huc de greco in latinum transtulit pelagius diaconus ecclesie romane et ab huic deorsum Johannes subdiaconus Capitula sequentis operis
Final rubric: Expliciunt adhortaciones sanctorum patrum interpretate de greco in latinum a pelagio diacono sancte romane ecclesie et Johanne subdiacono

V.xvi-xviii, VI.i-iv (with additional division after iv.7, fol. 76v, 'Expliciunt septem capitula abbatis moysi. Item verba abbatis moysi'); PL 73.969-1022

(fols. 86r-92r)
⟨Ps.-⟩Macharius, Epistola ad monachos (ep. 4)
Rubric: (fol. 85v) Incipit epistola sancti macharii monachi ad filios
Incipit: In primis quidem si ceperit homo semetipsum
Explicit: precepta seruare spiritus sancti
Final rubric: Explicit epistola

PG 34, 443-446

(fols. 92r-118v)
Verba seniorum (tr. Paschasius Dumiensis)
Rubric: Incipiunt excerpta vtilia ex translacione paschasii
Incipit: Quidam frater quomodo in cella propria viuere deberet
Explicit: eripiam te et glorificabis me
Final rubric: Expliciunt excerpta de translacione paschasii

Extracts from Verba seniorum VII.i-xli.1 (PL 73.1025-1056)

(fols. 119r-147r)
Jerome, Vita S. Hilarionis
Rubric: (fol. 118v) Incipit prologus beati iheronimi presbiteri in vitam beati hylarionis monachi
Incipit: (prologue) Scripturus vitam beati hylarionis
Incipit: (text) Hylarion ortus vico thabatha
Explicit: quia illum locum plus dilexerat
(fols. 147r-154v)
Jerome, Vita S. Malchi
Incipit: Qvi nauali prelio dimicaturi sunt
Incipit: ⟨M⟩aronias triginta ferme milibus ad anthioca
Explicit: non posse autem superari
(fols. 154v-158v)
Vita S. Frontonii(BHL 3192a)
Incipit: ⟨Q⟩vi homo dei ex christi esse iam cepit
Incipit: (fol. 156r) Erat quidam senex monachus a prima etate deo deuotus
Explicit: ut per satisfaccionem delicta donentur
Final rubric: Explicit vita sancti Frontonii Abbatis. Incipit vita sancte Marine virginis.
(fols. 159r-162v)
Vita S. Marinae(BHL 5528)
Incipit: Frater erat quidam secularis habens vnicam filiam
Explicit: ubi usque modo deus oracionibus sancte virginis multa facit miracula

PL 73.691-4

(fols. 162v-171r)
⟨Ps.-Athanasius of Alexandria⟩, ⟨De obseruationibus monachorum⟩
Incipit: Et si quod gloriari in christo licet
Explicit: Vigilate state in fide viriliter agite et confortamini omnia vestra in caritate fiant et deus pacis erit vobiscum

CPL 1155; PL 103.665-672.

(fols. 171r-184r)
Vita S. Symeonis(BHL 7957a)
Incipit: Sanctus symeon ex utero matris sue electus est a domino
Explicit: ab altissimo mercedem recipiet cuil[sic] est honor potestas et virtus in secula seculorum. Deposicio ipsius sancti symeonis sexto kalendas augusti celebratur.

PL 73.325-334

(fols. 184r-193r)
⟨Jerome⟩, Vita S. Pauli
Incipit: Inter multos sepe dubitatum est a quo potissimum monachorum heremus habitare cepta sit
Final rubric: Explicit vita beati pauli primi heremite. Incipit prologue euagrii prebisteri in vitam sancti antonii quam de greco in latinum transtulit

BHL 6596

(fols. 193r-253v)
Athanasius, Vita S. Antonii (tr. Evagrius)
Incipit: Prespiter euagrius innocencio karissimo
Incipit: Episcopus athanasius ad peregrinos monachos
Incipit: Igitur antonius nobilibus religiosisque parentibus
Explicit: tocius corrupcionis artifices
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 255 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 143 mm.
Dimensions (written): 148 × 93 mm.

Layout

1 col., c. 21 lines; frame-ruled.

Hand(s)

Cursive.

Decoration

Initials. (P&A i. 164)

8-13 line decorated penwork initials in red and black sometimes with foliate patterns, at the beginning of sections (fols. 1r, 7v, etc.

Coloured initials, sometimes extending into the margins; capitals touched in red.

Rubrics; some rubrics and initials not filled in (fol. 147v, 154v)

Binding

Late-medieval blind-tooled and stamped binding.

Former chained binding.

History

Origin: 15th century, middle or second half ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Not identifiable in the Eberbach catalogue of 1502.

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: ex libris of the Eberbach Abtsbibliothek.

Eberbach signature ‘M’, 17th century, on the front board.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 346 - endleaves (fols. i, 256)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Sacramentary

Two leaves; rites for the ordeals of fire and cold water.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 144 mm.
Dimensions (written): 167 × 105 mm.

History

Origin: 11th or early 12th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (April 2020) from the following sources, with additional description of contents and decoration:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 293-4 [contents, physical description, date, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 164 [origin]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-24: Description revised for Polonsky to incorporate fuller identification of contents and more detailed description of decoration.