A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Laud Misc. 425

Summary Catalogue no.: 1128

Martyrology (Usuard); Würzburg, s. xiv1.


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. 666-72. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Fols. i recto–ii verso blank

(fols. 1r-138r)

From Circumcision to St Sylvester, with prefatory material; based on Usuard

(fols. 1r–6v)

Würzburg, adapted to the use of the Franciscans; additions by (Franciscan) hands s. xvmed

Fol. 7r–v blank, except for ruling and the alphabet in minuscule letters on f. 7v.

(fols. 8r–11v)
Prefatory texts
i. (f. 8r)
Nota de compilatione martyrologii Usuardi

J. P. van Dijk, Sources of the modern roman liturgy: the ordinals by Haymo of Faversham and related documents (1243–1307), vol. 1, Studia et documenta Franciscana 1 (Leiden, 1963) 182.

vi. (f. 11r)
De arte inveniendi
(fols. 11v-138r)
(fols. 138v–142r)
Lessons for the chapter office of prime

Sundays, ferial and week days.

Fols. 142v-143v blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (17th-cent. parchment) + 142 + i (paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 301–04 × 205–07 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–143


Ruling in lead point, fols. 1r–6v several columns, fols 7v ff. one column of (calendar) c. 29–32 and (main text) c. 23 lines. Ruled space c. 216–28 × 130–39 mm.


German textualis, s. xiv1, by a single hand.


Scribal initials on fols. 1r-6v, 8r; simple initials in colours; red rubrics.


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


Origin: 14th century, first half ; Germany, Würzburg

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in Würzburg, s. xiv1.

Würzburg, Universitätsbibliothek: a 17th-cent. inscription, f. 1r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 8r.

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

2019-07-25: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.