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MS. Laud Misc. 81

Summary Catalogue no.: 865

A Vita S. Bernardi; France, s. xiv; B Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons; Germany (Eberbach), c. 1200

Physical Description

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 338-345. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Two manuscripts (fols. 1-128 || fols. 129-264) brought together in the Laudian collection.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th century) + 264 + i (17th century) leaves
Foliation: i, 1–265

Binding

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

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Two fascicles of two different provenances (Mainz Charterhouse and Eberbach abbey), bound together in the course of the Laudian binding, in 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. 81 - Part A (fols. 1-128)

Contents

(fols. 1r-127v)
William of Saint-Thierry, Vita S. Bernardi

Recension A

Fol. 128r-v blank

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 259–68 × 177–82 mm.

Layout

Ruling in ink, one column of 23 or 24 lines. Ruled space c. 174–85 × 108–14 mm.

Hand(s)

Regular French textualis formata (textus rotundus) by a single hand.

Decoration

Elaborate borders in red and blue, more or less framing the written space, with fine decoration.

Four- or five-line fleuronnée initials in red and blue, with split body and fine fleuronnée decoration in either red and blue or only blue inside and out. Two-line fleuronnée initials to minor textual units, alternately in blue and red, with fleuronnée decoration in opposite colour.

Scribal red rubrics; red and blue paraphs, often alternating.

History

Origin: 14th century ; France

Provenance

Written in France, by a Cistercian hand, s. xiv.

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: the 14th-century ex-libris inscriptions at the upper centre of fols. 2r & 124r, in the same hand.

MS. Laud Misc. 81 - Part B (fols. 129-264)

Contents

(fols. 129r–264v)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons
(fol. 129r)
In resurrectione

Sermons 2, 3 and 4.

(fol. 137r)
In octava paschae

Sermons 1 and 2.

(fol. 142v)
In rogationibus: De tribus panibus
(fol. 143v)
In ascensione dni

Sermons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

(fol. 163r)
In die pentecostes

Sermons 1 and 2.

(fol. 172r)
In nativitate s. Ioannis Baptistae
(fol. 177v)
In vigilia ss. Petri et Pauli apostolorum
(fol. 179r)
In festo ss. Petri et Pauli apostolorum

Sermons 1, 2 and 3.

(fol. 187r)
Dominica iv post pentecosten
(fol. 189r)
Dominica vi post pentecosten

Sermon 1 and 2.

(fol. 193r)
In assumptione BMV

Sermons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

(fol. 210r)
Dnca infra octav. assumptionis BMV
(fol. 217v)
In nativitate BMV
(fol. 224v)
Sermo ad abbates
(fol. 227r)
In commemoratione s. Michaelis
(fol. 231r)
In festo omnium sanctorum

Sermons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

(fol. 249v)
In transitu s. Malachiae episcopi
(fol. 253r)
Ad fratres Hiberniae (ep. 374)
(fol. 254r)
Dominica in Kalendis Novembris

Sermons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 260–68 × 165–74 mm.

Layout

Ruling in faint lead point, one column of 27–29 lines. Ruled space c. 180–95 × 108–12 mm.

Hand(s)

German protogothic, above top line, by several Cistercian hands, likely from Eberbach abbey.

Decoration

Fine initials. A seven-line initial in red, parted; thereafter to each sermon simple three- to eight-line initials, often engaged or strung with beads, or decorated with foliate motif.

History

Origin: c. 1200 ; Germany, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey(?)

Provenance

Written in Germany, around 1200, likely in the scriptorium of Eberbach abbey, as suggested by the script.

Cistercian Abbey of Eberbach (see Palmer, Zisterzienser, 267 & 286).

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)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

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