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MS. Laud Misc. 632

Summary Catalogue no.: 1248

Summa de dignitatibus et virtutibus clericorum et laicorum; Germany, 14th century, second quarter


(fols. 2r-189v)
Magister Gisilbertus (?), Summa de dignitatibus et virtutibus clericorum et laicorum
Rubric: Summa de dignitatibus et virtutibus clericorum ac laycorum. Et de vitiis et excessibus eorumdem.
Incipit: Incipit tractatus de virtutibus et viciis collectus ex jure canonico et civili de quibus prosequendis servatur ordo qui alias scribitur in canone.
(fols. 2r-43v)
Tractatus de virtutibus et viciis clericorum
(fols. 43v-111r)
Tractatus de uirtutibus et viciis laycorum
(fols. 111r-189v)
Tractatus de penitenciis et remissionibus

For discussion of authorship, see Palmer, pp. 120-121.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 93e)

A rhyme in German, quoted from Freidank's Bescheidenheit 44,11-12: ‘Man sidit [sic for sihit] leyder selden | truwe mit truwen gelden’

Language(s): Middle High German

Extensively glossed and annotated in several hands, one the same as the gloss to MS. Laud Misc. 307, fols. 1r-12r.

The annotation extends to fols. 1r-v and 191r-192b verso. Fol. 1r begins with (separate?) questions on the incarnation.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 192 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 340 × 232 mm.
Dimensions (written): 260 × 175 mm.


Miniatures in the margins: Pope Clement II crowns Henry III as Holy Roman Emperor in 1046, f. 44r; Donation of Constantine 44v; Pope Innocent IV excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II 45r, 85r. Miniature of a kneeling monk 'Gisilbertus' offering a book to the Virgin and Child, fol. 88r.

Initials in red and blue.


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


Origin: 14th century, second quarter or middle (after 1336) ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Gloss probably added in Eberbach.

Identifiable as R 20 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (October 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 118-123, 251, 293, 297. [author, contents, physical description, decoration, date, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, 3 vols. (1966-1973) III, p. 54. [decoration]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885. [acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)