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MS. Laud Misc. 415

Summary Catalogue no.: 835

Jacobus de Voragine; 1294, Germany (Alzey)


Language(s): Latin

a. (fol. 1r-v)
Passion of the ten thousand martyrs
Rubric: Incipit passio sanctorum decem millium martiriorum
Incipit: Temporibus Adriani et Anthonini imperatorum Gadareni et enfratenses romano ceperunt rebellare imperio
Explicit: lumen micuit tunc super corpora sancta

Cf. BHL 21 (?)

b. (fol. 2r-3r; 3v blank)
Passion of St Barbara
Rubric: Incipit passio S. Barbarae virginis
Incipit: Mox etenim Dominus premisso lumine celi
Incipit: (vita) Temporibus imperatoris Maximiniani erat quidam Satrapas
Explicit: martyrizata est autem sanctissima martir christi barbara imperante maximiano augusto […]

BHL 913

1. (fols. 4r-181v)
Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea
Rubric: De adventu Domini
Incipit: Adventus Domini per quatuor septimanas agitur
Explicit: (in dedicacione ecclesie) qui uiuit et regnat in secula seculorum amen. Explicit summa lumbardica. Laus tibi Christe quia liber explicit iste amen.
c. (fol. 182r-v)
Life of St Servatius
Rubric: Incipit vita sancti Servacii episcopi et confessoris breuiter conscripta
Incipit: In honore gloriosi confessoris Christi et antistitis uenerabilis sancti Servatii toto corde vigilemus dilectissimi
Explicit: (ends impf.) coram domino eius uerbum quilibet

Not in BHL.

A later hand (late fourteenth or early fifteenth century?) adds excerpts, mostly from Bernard of Clairvaux, in the margins:

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 182 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 243 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (written): 172 × 115 mm.


2 cols., 50 lines


Written by Jutta, a nun at the Cistercian nunnery of the Holy Spirit in Alzey, by the request of Henry, a secular priest of Schimsheim (near Armsheim), Germany (fol. 181v).


Initials with penwork flourishing.


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


Origin: 1294 ; Germany, Alzey, Cistercian nunnery

Provenance and Acquisition

Alzey (dissolved 1564) was a daughter house of Eberbach; the manuscript presumably came from the nunnery to Eberbach at some unknown point. There is no Eberbach inscription and the volume cannot be identified in the Eberbach catalogue.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2019) by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford, with additional description of content, from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 202, 294 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 602 [layout]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-07: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.