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

MS. Laud Misc. 579

Summary Catalogue no.: 1496


1. (fol. 1)
Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae
Rubric: Incipiunt gesta Regum Britonum qualiter composita sunt
Colophon: Finis hujus opusculi etc. quod R. Brugge
Language(s): Latin
2. (p. 136)
Martinus Polonus, Chronicon summorum pontificum et imperatorum Romanorum (with continuation to 1284)
Rubric: Incipit Cronica fratris Martini Penitenciarii Domini Pape et Capellani Rubrica etc.
Explicit: prestavit stipendia et animavit ad suscepta negotia sollicite prosequenda
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 130 leaves, folio


Semi-humanistic script (by Robert Brugge (?)).


By the same hand as New College, Oxford, MS. 228 (dated 1452) and St John's College, Cambridge, MS. 98 (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1090, pl. CII)

Fine border.

Fine historiated initial.

Fine initials.


15th-century English binding, blind-tooled in calf, by the 'Scales' binder, 'L' on the back cover; N. Barker, 'A register of writs and the Scales binder', The Book Collector 21 (1972), 227-244, 356-79, no. 3 (p. 371).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Robert Brugge’, fol. 134 and last pastedown, pastedown with arms on a cross, a leopard's face (Barker, p. 372).

William Laud, 1573–1645, by 1633.

Part of his first donation to the Bodleian, 1637.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Nov. 2022) from the following sources, with reference to published literature as cited:
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885)
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1090

Last Substantive Revision

2022-11: Revised to incorporate all information from printed catalogues.