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MS. Laud Misc. 424

Summary Catalogue no.: 1372


(fols. 1ra-91rb)
Institutiones canonicorum et sanctimonialium Aquisgranenses
Rubric: Incipiunt capitula
Incipit: i Isidori de tonsura
Explicit: cxlij Epilogus breuiter digestus
Rubric: (fol. 3rb) In dei nomine summi incipit prologus
Incipit: Cum in nomine sancte et indiuidue trinitatis christianissimus Hludowicus superno munere
Explicit: thalamus ingredi mereamur
Rubric: (fol. 4vb) Isidori in libro Officiorum de tonsura
Incipit: Tonsura ecclesiastici usus a Nazareis
Explicit: cum omni religione pariter celebrent
Colophon: Marqvart .s.
MGH Conc. 2, 1 pp. 307-420.17 (Canons of Aachen, 816), not using or listing this manuscript; PL 105.815-934.

The sections in the main text are not here numbered. The numbering in the capitula is confused, with both 'xv' and 'xvi' appearing twice in succession, and 'xix' following 'xviiij'; from xx to the end the numbering of the capitula here therefore runs three behind that in the printed editions..

Fol. 91v is blank.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: -nant tanquam
Form: codex
Support: parchment (FHHF) generally of good quality with few flaws
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 91 + i (paper) folios
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 215 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1-92


1(8)-11(8) (fols. 1-88), 12(4-1) (last blank cancelled, fols. 89-91); quires numbered in red, in roman, at the bottom centre of the opening recto


Ruled in ink for 2 columns of 28 lines; written above top line. Ruled space 220-30 × 175 mm. with 13 mm. between columns.


Protogothic; apparently one hand, presumably 'Marquart' (fol. 91rb).


4-line painted initial in silver (oxidized) on a blue ground, with red outlining, fol. 3r.

Typically 2-line red ink initials with modest arabesque decoration at the beginning of each chapter.


Laudian binding of calf over pasteboards; sewn on five bands. Edges stained blue.


Origin: 13th century, first half ; Germany, (West (?))

Provenance and Acquisition

Medieval provenance unknown. Occasional 'nota' signs and clause-division added in leadpoint (e.g. fol. 14r-v).

Marginalia, c. 1400 (?), fol. 5r, ‘tu autem domine miserere nobis’.

William Laud, 1573–1645: ex libris, 1637 (fol. 1r)

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former Bodleian shelfmark J. 32.

Record Sources

Description (May 2021) by Matthew Holford. 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

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-05-26: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.