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MS. Laud Misc. 393

Summary Catalogue no.: 935

Usuard, Martyrology; Germany, 14th century, middle


Language(s): Latin

Fol. 1r-v originally blank. Added on fol. 1r, later fourteenth century: note on the use of the ablative and accusative case in dates of the Roman calendar; note on why 'pridie kalendas' is said instead of 'secundo kalendas'.

(fols. 2r-34v, 36r-81v)
⟨Usuard⟩ , Martyrologium
Incipit: A. ix. kalend Januarii. Vigilia natalis Domini. Apud Antiochiam Syrie
Explicit: G. x kalendas Januarii. Apud Nicomediam sanctorum […] miracula creberrime fiunt.

Beginning at Christmas Eve; cf. PL 124.833–858, 123.601–988, 124.9–830.

Many marginal additions, both specifying the grade of the feasts, and adding further feasts, including 4 May, 'festivitas spinee corone domini'; 13 July, Passion of St Margaret, 9 lessons; Wencelas, 9 lessons, 28 (?) Sept.; Martha hospita, 17 Oct.; Hupert, 3 Nov., 9 lessons; Leonard, 6 Nov.; octave of Elizabeth, 26 Nov. At 4 Feb. is 'anniuersarius parentum', at 16 Sept. 'anniuersarium familiarum et benefactorum nostorum' and at 10 Oct. 'anniversarium fratrum et sororum ordinis nostri'. The second is not in Grotefend, but cf. H. Hilg, Die Handschriften des Germanischen Nationalmuseums Nurnberg: Die lateinischen mittelalterlichen Handschriften: Teil 1. Hs 17a-22921 (1983) 86 on Hs. 7097, Deutschordenskalendar, Regensburg, 14th century.

For fol. 35, an inserted leaf from another manuscript, see below.

(fols. 81v-91v)

Contemporary addition.

Office of Corpus Christi
(fols. 81v-87r)
Rubric: De corpore Domini. Lectio prima. Sermo beati Augustini episcopi.
Incipit: In mensa diuine largitatis

Nine lessons.

(fol. 87r-v)
Incipit: Dominus iesu in qua nocte tradebatur

Chapter at vespers

(fols. 87v-91v)
Mass of Corpus Christi (alleluia versicle, prose, offertory, communio, with music)
(fol. 87v-88r)

'Caro mea uere est' (Cantus 507001)

(fols. 88r-90v)

'Lauda Syon Salvatorem' (Cantus ah50385).

(fols. 91r)

'Sacerdotes incensum domini et panes' (Cantus 502001) uel 'Portas caeli' (Cantus 800509), the incipit only given of the latter.

(fol. 91r-v)

'Quotienscumque manducabitis panem' (Cantus 503001) uel 'Hoc corpus' (Cantus 601044), the incipit only given of the latter.

Rest of fol. 91v blank.

Fol. 92rv blank, except for ruling and German note on 92v (see Provenance)

Language(s): German

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: nonagesimo et nono
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 92 + i (parchment) + i (paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 108 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–94


Written in 2 columns, 24 lines.


Textualis, one hand, the addition on fols. 81v-91v also in textualis.

Additions on fol. 1r in cursiva antiquior.

Musical Notation: Gothic 'hufnagel' notation on staves of 5 black lines, the F line(s) red (fols. 87v-91v).


Plain red initials, rubrics in red.


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


Origin: 14th century, middle ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

The additions indicate that the manuscript belonged to a community following the observance of the Teutonic Order (Deutscher Orden). Van Dijk and Hunt suggested that it belonged specifically to the Deutschordenskommende Sachsenhausen in Frankurt am Main. They seem to have done so only on the basis of the opening formula of a German letter on fol. 92v which reads in full: ‘Dem wurdigenn herrn Waltherum [or Walthernn] von Cronberg Compthur zu Frankfurt teutsches ordens’: Walther von Kronberg, ?1479–1543, who held this office in 1509 (B. Dudik, Des hohen Deutschen Ritterordens Münz-Sammlung in Wien (Vienna, 1858), 152).

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 393 - fol. 35


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 35rv)
⟨Prayers from the Office of the dead⟩

Inserted leaf from another manuscript containing: Pro parentibus oracio. Deus qui nos patrem et matrem; In aniuersario oracio. Deus indulgentiarum; Pro defuncto oracio. Inclina Domine aurem tuam; Pro episcopo oracio. Deus qui in; Pro sacerdote oracio. Presta quesumus Domine; Pro de molinariis oracio. Deus cuius misericordie non est; Pro femina defuncta oracio. Quesumus Domine pro tuoa pietate

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Written in 2 columns, 19 lines.


Alternating red and blue initials, rubrics in red.


Origin: 14th century ; Germany

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen (October 2020) (with additional description of the contents and provenance) from:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript, 1957), II (Office books), p. 211 [contents, date, provenance]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [acquisition]

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2020-10-16: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project.