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MS. Laud Misc. 580

Summary Catalogue no.: 1010

Iohannes Maxentius; Würzburg, Domstift, or Niederaltaich (Gozbald), c. 825–855.


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. 704–11. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Fols. i recto–1v blank, except for a 17th-century note of contents on f. i recto.

1. (fols. 2r–9r)
Johannes Maxentius, Libellus fidei
6. (fols 13v–18v)
Leo the Great, Ep. 28
7. (fols 18v–48r)
Johannes Maxentius, Dialogus contra Nestorianos
(fol. 18v)
(fol. 19v)
List of chapters
(fol. 20r)
9. (fols. 50r–67v)
Johannes Maxentius, Responsio adversus epistulam Hormisdae
(fol. 67v)
List of contents

In the ink of the text, in mixed script (capitals, uncials), referring to MS. Laud Misc. 92.

Fols. 68r–69v blank.

Companion volume to MS. Laud Misc. 92

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17-cent. paper) + 1 (17-cent. parchment) + 66 + i (17-cent. parchment) + i (17th-cent. paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 283–90 × 214–17 mm.
The margins trimmed, partly affecting quire signatures.
Foliation: i, 1–69


Ruling in hard point, one column of 25 lines. Ruled space c. 220–27 × 154–61 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, c. 825–855 (Gozbald); from fol. 48r onwards, the script is considerably larger.


Plain initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 15); twist decoration on initials on fols. 11r, 31v, and 48r; hollow initial on f. 50r.


A binding fragment (CLA 2. 254) of s. vii provides evidence of a previous (possibly original) Carolingian binding.

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


Provenance and Acquisition

Written c.825–855, by scribes of the Gozbald group: based on paleographical evidence.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: a 15th-cent. shelfmark on fol. 2r. The manuscript appears to have been as a whole, together with Laud Misc. 92, in the Domstift in the 16th century in the hands of Willibald Pirkheimer (he and J. Cochläus printed the works of Maxentius together with Fulgentius in 1520 (Hagenau); MSS. Laud Misc. 92 & 580 were not included). He had received it through Nikolaus Basellius, a monk from Hirsau, to whom he returned it (ACO 4. 2, pp. II f.; Siegmund, Überlieferung, 155, n. 2).

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 2r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 580, binding fragment (CLA 2. 254)


Language(s): Latin

Unidentified text.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: fragment, possibly former spine-liner
Dimensions (fragment): 4–16 × 47–49 mm.


2 cols.




Origin: 7th century

Additional Information

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

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