MS. Laud Misc. 442
Summary Catalogue no.: 880
Bede, Commentary on the Canonical Epistles; Germany (Middle Rhine), 9th century, beginning
fols. 117v, 166v blank.
Written in 21 long lines.
Three hands, corresponding to three codicological units, all probably written at the same time: I, fols. 1r-91v (this hand also writes the first two lines of fol. 92r); II, fols. 92r-117v; III, fols. 118r-166v (Bischoff, no. 3863).
Initials. (P&A iii. 11)
Uncial titles in capitals with red and yellow highlights. (Bischoff, no. 3863)
Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.
Provenance and Acquisition
Dating and localization after Bischoff. Bischoff (Libri Kyliani, pp. 50-4) associated this manuscript with two others (Würzburg, UB, M. p. th. f. 146; Würzburg, UB, M. p. th. f. 175), linked by the third hand of the present manuscript; he associated this group in turn with another group of two manuscripts (Vienna, ONB, Lat. 2223; and Karlsruhe, Landesbibliothek Hs. 340). The Karlsruhe manusucript was written by a deacon Reginmaar for a female congregation ‘ad lapidum[sic] fluminis’, which has been identified by some scholars with the nunnery at Karlburg am Main; for a critical discussion of the identification and the issues involved, see H. Hoffmann, ‘Schreiberinnen im karolingischen Würzburg?’, Deutches Archiv 66 (2010), 5-18. Otherwise the medieval provenance of the manuscript is unknown.
William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.
Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-02-19: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.