MS. Laud Misc. 580
Summary Catalogue no.: 1010
Iohannes Maxentius; Würzburg, Domstift, or Niederaltaich (Gozbald), c. 825–855.
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.
Fols. 68r–69v blank.
Companion volume to MS. Laud Misc. 92
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. (P&A 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)
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2019-07-25: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.