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MS. Laud Misc. 429

Summary Catalogue no.: 1313

Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in evangelia; German-Insular area, 9th century, first half


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 674–81. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Fols. i recto–ii verso blank.

(fols. 1r–170v)
Gregory the Great, Homiliae XL in euangelia
Language(s): Latin

Two interlinear and five marginal OHG pen glosses, 9th century on fols. 49v, 50r, 76v, 159r; several drypoint inscriptions in the margins. A few interlinear glosses in Latin.

Language(s): Old High German (East Franconian) and Latin

Various additions, 10th-12th century, including Sator Squares and an excerpt of Arator, Historia apostolica, 1. 7. 317. For detailed description, see Mairhofer catalogue.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th-cent. paper) + i (17th-cent.) + 170 + i + i (17th-cent.) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 292–96 × 192–211 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–172


Ruling in hard point; one column of 27–29 lines. Ruled space c. 230–45 × 160–75 mm.


German Insular minuscule, the first half of the 9th century, by a single hand.

Musical Notation:

Added neums, St Gall type, 10th and 11th century, fols. 1v, 2r, 4r, 65v, 66r.


Initials. Sketch, partly pricked, of an animal (Pächt and Alexander i. 11), fol. 1r. Two animal sketches in ink, 11th century, fol. 94v. Sketches in hard point of animals and humans, fols. 74r 97r, 122r, 165v, and 170v. Red rubrics.


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


Origin: 9th century, first half ; Germany, Insular area

Provenance and Acquisition

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: the 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 2r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 1v.

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

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-01: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.