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MS. Laud Misc. 433

Summary Catalogue no.: 1310


(fols. 1v-186v)
Taio, Bishop of Saragossa, Sententiarum libri quinque
Rubric: (fol. 1v) Incipit prologus [filling the page]
Incipit: (fol. 2r) Domino mihi ualde uenerabili atque sanctissimo Giuirico
Rubric: (fol. 2r) Incipit prologus
Incipit: (fol. 2r) Memor uestrę benignissimę petitionis
Explicit: (fol. 3v) merear refrigeriis
Rubric: Explicit prologus: epigramma operis subsequentis
Incipit: (fol. 4r) Quisquis amore sacro lector
Explicit: horrendas dispice flammas
Rubric: (fol. 4r) Incipiunt capitulationes de libro primo sententiarum
Final rubric: (fol. 7r) Expliciunt capitulationes de libro quinto
Rubric: (fol. 7r) Quod deus incommutabilis summus et aeternus existat
Incipit: Solus Deus in semetispe incommutabilis est
Explicit: (fol. 186v) quoniam uidebimus eum sicuti est
Colophon: Bene mihi domine quia haec omnia scriptum est[sic]: deo gratias amen. Felix sit qui scripsit.
CPL 1268; PL 80.727-990 (the printed text ending incomplete in V.33 at 'ardeant in mente', here fol. 184ra12); edition by Aquilar Miguel listed as forthcoming by CPL, Jan. 2022.

Bk. II, fol. 37v; III, fols. 92v-93r; IV, fol. 126r; V, fol. 160r-v.

Added note 'Impeda' (?), fol. 186v, 14th(?) century.

Fol. 1r blank except for 'nicpuiae' (?) and pen trial beginning 'adsum ...'; fol. 187r blank except for offset of 'impeda' on fol. 186v; fol. 187v blank except for pen trials including 'Pater noster', 'Ecce vere Ishrahelita ...' (cf. Cantus index 006862a), 'Gaude visceribus ...' (cf. Cantus index 008307).

On fol. 89r ‘hadarat’ is an early annotation, possibly as suggested by Bischoff the name of a corrector.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + 187 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 225 mm.
Foliation: i, 1-188


1(6+1, last leaf added) (fols. 1-7), 2(8)-4(8) (fols. 8-31), 5(6) (fols. 32-7), 6(8)-18(8) (fols. 38-141), 19(6) (fols. 142-7), 20(8) (fols. 148-155), 21(6) (fols. 156-161), 22(8)-24(8) (fols. 162-177), 25(2) (fols. 186-7). Quires 1-24 with contemporary lettering A-Z on the final verso; quires 1-25 with later medieval bifolium signatures in a sequence running a-n (quires 1-14), o/r (quire 13, r corrected to o on three occasions), s-z (quires 15-20), et, con, 4, 5 (quires 21-24); for similar signatures cf. e.g. MSS. Laud Lat. 21, Laud Misc. 417.


Water damage throughout, in places with loss of text; positioning of the later medieval leaf signatures indicates that the damage occured before these were added.


2 columns, usually of 28 lines (but e.g. fols. 126r-133v, 27 lines; fols. 136r-139v, 25 lines); ruled space 225 × 165 mm. (to inner vertical bounding lines).


Caroline minuscule by several hands.

Rubrics and opening line of chapters typically in uncial.

Fol. 1v filled with a rubric in square capitals.

Other rubrics occasionally in rustic capitals.


The opening lines of bk. I, chs. 1-3 (fols. 7r, 8v, 9r) in uncial in yellow (fols. 7r, 9r) or black (fol. 8v) on a crimson (fol. 7r), yellow (fol. 8v) or green (fol. 9r) ground in a plain red (fol. yr), green (fol. 8v) or crimson (fol. 9r) border; decorated initial 'S' on fol. 7r in yellow and red extending into animal heads.

Larger initials at the beginning of most books: 'O' in red and black with reserved ground, fol. 37v; elaborate interlace 'I' in black, fol. 93r; interlace 'O' in black, red, and yellow, fol. 126r; plain black 'O', fol. 160v.

Each section typically with a 3-line plain ink initial, occasionally with modest decorative elements (e.g. fols. 21v, 92r, 109r, 166v (with a face)).

Additions: Occasional corrections to the text (e.g. fols. 53v, 71r) and alterations to punctuation, including added flex punctuation.


A standard binding of the Laudian collection, calf over pasteboard with the Laudian arms in gilt on each cover; rebacked.

Former chained binding: marks of a chain-staple fol. 1, top centre.


Origin: 9th century, second quarter (Bischoff 2004) ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Associated by Bischoff with two other manuscripts (BAV Pal. Lat. 246 and MS. Laud Misc. 452 fols. 1-191) of uncertain origin, not identifiable as written at Lorsch (although perhaps from its area), but corrected there in the ninth century.

Lorsch, Benedictine abbey: identifiable in the Carolingian library catalogues (A. Häse, Mittelalterliche Bücherverzeichnisse aus Kloster Lorsch. Einleitung, Edition und Kommentar (2002), no. 185, p. 258).

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: probably one of the manuscripts transferred from Lorsch to Eberbach in the second quarter of the thirteenth century. Seemingly identifiable as H6 in the catalogue of 1502: 'Sentencie beati gregorii Initium Dominus[sic] michi valde etc.' (Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 18, 98-101, 239).

William Laud, acquired 1638 (inscription, fol. 1v).

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639; former shelfmark H. 47 (inside cover).

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford, Jan. 2021; 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)
Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital (full facsimile)


    Printed descriptions:

    Michael Kautz, Bibliothek und Skriptorium des ehemaligen Klosters Lorsch: Katalog der erhaltenen Handschriften (Wiesbaden, 2016) = Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital [pdf]
    B. Bischoff, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts (mit Ausnahme der wisigotischen), vol. 2, Laon-Paderborn (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2004) no. 3861
    Bernhard Bischoff, Die Abtei Lorsch im Spiegel ihrer Handschriften, 2nd ed. (1989), 41, 112-3
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 12

Last Substantive Revision

2022-01-25: Description revised for digitization.