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MS. Laud Misc. 421

Summary Catalogue no.: 893

Canons and decrees; Western Germany, s. ixex


Language(s): Latin

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 648–64. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

2. (fols. 1rb-120vb)
Collectio canonum Dionysio-Hadriana

For a detailed itemization of contents, see Mairhofer pp. 648–64.

3. (fols. 120vb-121rb)
Concilium Romanum an. 743
4. (fols. 121rb–122ra)
Eugene II. (824–827): Canones Concilii Romani an. 826, tituli
6. (fols. 123vb-142va)
Collectio Novariensis

Excerpts: Concilium Arelatense an. 314, CPL 1776a; Concilium Arausicanum an. 441, CPL 1779b; Concilium Agathense an. 506, CPL 1784; Concilium Toletanum IV. an. 633, CPL 1790; Statuta ecclesiae antiqua (c. 475), CPL 1776

7. (fols. 142va–143va)
Epistula canonica

PL 138. 443–446.

8. (fols. 143va–146ra)
Canones Silvestri papae
9.2. (fol. 146ra)
Ps.-Damasus, Ep. 6 (Gaudet ecclesia) (Jaffé †240)
10. (fols. 146rb–vb)
List of popes

St Peter to John VIII.

12. (fols. 151va–153ra)
Ps.-Clement of Rome, Epistola ad Iacobum fratrem Domini (Jaffé †11)
13. (fol. 153ra–va)
Gregory the Great, Registrum, 6. 12
14. (fols. 153va–154ra)
List of patriarchs of Constantinople, Alexander confessor to Ignarus orthodoxus (Ignatius I)
(fol. 154ra–va)
Rubric: De gradibus constitutionis
Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, app. 11, ad lib. 11, cap. 5
16. (fol. 55va–vb)
Rubric: De locis quibus unguendum est infirmis
Incipit: In utroque preceptum est testamento. egrotos liniri oleo manu pontificali in cęna domini exorzitato
Explicit: in planta pedum utraque
17. (fols. 155vb–156rb)
Cyprian of Carthage, ep. 1
18. (fols. 156rb-157vb)
Gregory the Great, Registrum

Extracts: for a detailed itemization, see Mairhofer.

Fols. ii recto–iii verso blank, except for a list of contents and the ex-libris; 158r-159v blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (17th-cent.) + 157 + ii (17th-cent.) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 281–94 × 196–226 mm.
Foliation: i–iii, 1–159


Ruling in hard point, two columns of 39–41, (mostly) 40 lines; ad hoc ruling: (fol. 155r) diagram; some subscriptions: each column divided into two or three parts, inscribed however always in two cols. Ruled space c. 228–51 × 168–78 mm.


German Carolingian minuscule by several, very similar hands.


Table of consanguinity, West German, s. ixex, fol. 155r.

Red rubrics, headers

Simple coloured initials.


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


Origin: 9th century, end ; Germany, West

Provenance and Acquisition

Written very likely in Western Germany, s. ixex.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: a 15th-cent. shelfmark, fols. 1r and 2r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. iii verso.

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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Last Substantive Revision

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