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MS. Laud Misc. 69

Summary Catalogue no.: 958

Commentaries on Matthew; A Germany, s. xiiex, B France, c. 1200

Physical Description

Composite: two manuscripts (fols. 1-128 || fols. 129-286) brought together in the Laudian collection.
This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 278-284. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (17th century) + 287 + ii (17th century) leaves
Foliation: i–iii, 1–289


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


Provenance and Acquisition

MS. Laud Misc. 69, composed of two fascicles, is an English product: a commentary on Matthew (Charterhouse) and the Gospel of Matthew (Eberbach), bound together since the late 1630s.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, fol. 1r.

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

MS. Laud Misc. 69 - Part A (fols. 1-128)


(fols. 1r-128v)
Geoffrey Babio (attrib.), Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew

Imperfect, the text breaks off at cap. 20, as is already noted by a 15th-century hand (f. 128v).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 241–49 × 162–67 mm.


Ruling in lead point or with crayon, two columns of mostly 30 lines. Ruled space c. 154–73 × 104–07 mm.


German protogothic script, s. xiiex, above top line, by one main hand.


Border (fol. 1r). (P&A i. 113)

Good initials. One- to seven-line fleuronnée initials in red, with acanthus motif, in the ink of the text and in red.

Simple, mostly one- or two-line initials in red.

Headers, secondarily added by a rough hand in red and blue, across top margins.


Origin: s. xiiex ; German


Written in Germany, s. xiiex, judging by script and style.

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: the late 14th-century ex-libris inscriptions at the head of fol. 1r and fol. 128v, in the same hand.

MS. Laud Misc. 69 - Part B (fols. 130-286)


(fols. 130r–286v)
Gospel of St. Matthew with gloss,

Fol. 129rv blank, except for an ownership note and ex-libris inscription of Eberbach abbey.

(fols. 130r-133r)

Stegmüller 7496 (Robert of Worcester?)

(fols. 133v-134r)
Prologue to Matthew (Monarchian prologue), with gloss

Stegmüller 590 (=591).

(fols. 135v-286v)
Gospel of Matthew, with marginal and interlinear gloss (Glossa ordinaria with additions).
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 251–53 × 166–70 mm.


Ruling in lead point, the number of lines varies: (fols. 130ra–135rb) two columns, (fols. 135va–286rc) three columns; (fol. 286v) one column. Ruled space c. 144–56 × 118–33 mm.


French protogothic script, by a single hand; three sizes of script.


Good initial (fol. 133v). (P&A i. 83)

Mostly one-line initials in red or green, with decoration in red and the ink of the text.


Origin: c. 1200 ; France


Written in France, around 1200, to judge from script and parchment.

Cistercian Abbey of Eberbach: owned by Magister Hugo, a monk, see the inscription dating from c. 1200–1225 at the upper centre of fol. 129r. For further manuscripts owned by ‘Magister Hugo’, see Palmer, Zisterzienser, 144f. This fascicle probably ‘D 5’ in the catalogue of 1502 (Palmer, Zisterzienser, 235).

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

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Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-15: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.