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MS. Laud Misc. 98

Summary Catalogue no.: 1220

Composite: Bernard of Clairvaux; Germany (Eberbach?), 14th century, end | Arnold of Bonneval; Germany, c. 1200 and c. 1300 | Origen; Germany (Lorsch), 9th century, first half

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1-66 || fols. 67-75 || fols. 76-122 || fols. 123-202. Part 1 (s. xiv) is attributed to the Eberbach scriptorium; part 2 (c. 1300) is a supplement to part 3 (c. 1200). The four parts were together at Eberbach by 1502.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 203 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 274 × 175 mm.

Binding

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

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: identifiable as T 17 in the library catalogue of 1502 (‘Vita sancti malachie Item Omelie origenis Initium Semper’).

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 98 - Part 1 (fols. 1r-66v)

Contents

1. (fols. 1r-33v)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Vita S. Malachiae
Rubric: Incipit prologus in vitam Sancti Malachie episcopi edita a beato Bernhardo, Claravallis abbate
Incipit: (prol.) Semper quidem opere precium fuit
Incipit: (text) (fol. 2r) Malachias noster ortus in Hybernia de populo barbaro

followed by:

(fols. 33v-34v)
Hymnus de S. Malachia
Incipit: Nobilis signis, moribus suavis

Ed. in Jean Leclercq & Henri Rochais, S. Bernardi Opera omnia 3: Tractatus et Opuscula (Rome 1963) pp. 525-526.

(fol. 34v)
Rubric: Epytaphium sepulchri sancti Malachie episcopi
Incipit: In vitam Scotie lege pontificis Malachie
Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 35r-40v)
Ps.-Augustine, Epistula de transitu S. Hieronymi
Rubric: Incipit epistola Augustini ad Cyrillum Iherosolimitanum episcopum de magnificencia eximii doctoris Iheronimi presbiteri
Incipit: Gloriosissimi Christiane fidei athlete
Final rubric: Explicit epistula beati Augustini.
Language(s): Latin
3. (fols. 40v-65v; 66rv blank)
Ps.-Cyril, Epistula de transitu S. Hieronymi
Rubric: Incipit epistula sancti Cyrilli Iherusolimitani episcopi ad beatum Augustinum doctorem eximium de miraculis Iheronimi
Incipit: Venerabili viro episcoporum eximio Augustino
Final rubric: Explicit epistola beati Cirilli Secundi Ierosolimitani episcopi ad eximium doctorem Augustinum, Yponensem episcopum, de miraculis beati Ieronimi doctoris magnifici.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

1 col., 27 (fols. 1r-33r) or 30 (fols. 35r-65v) lines. Written space 185 × 110 mm.

Decoration

Red-and-blue puzzle initial with penwork, fol. 1r.

Coloured red initials.

History

Origin: 14th century, end ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance

Possibly from the Eberbach scriptorium: cursive script on fol. 34v and the initial on fol. 1r similar in style to MS. Laud Misc. 125 (Palmer, 105, 287).

MS. Laud Misc. 98 - Part 2 (fols. 67-75)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 67rv)
Arnold of Bonneval, De sex uerbis domini in cruce
Incipit: (prol.) Ultima Christi verba que cruci affixus novi Testamenti heredibus tractanda proposuit
Explicit: (prol.) dulcedinum multitudo proposita contineat.

Preface only. Text found on fols. 100v-117v, see below.

PL 189. 1677–726; Stegmüller 2254.

2. (fols. 67v-75v)
Arnold of Bonneval, Hexaemeron

Recension B of Arnold of Bonneval's Hexaemeron: divided in two parts, one written in a hand of about 1300 (fols. 67v-75v), and the other in a hand about 1200 (fols. 76r-122r).

Incipit: Omnium que sunt, moventur et vivunt

PL 189. 1515–70; Stegmüller 2251; R. U. Smith, "Arnold of Bonneval, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bernard's Epistle 310", Analecta Cisterciensia 49 (1993), 273-318, esp. pp. 298-299.

Text continues on fol. 76r-100v. Preface on fols. 120v-122r.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

1 col., 31 lines. Written space 185 × 110 mm.

Decoration

Coloured red initials.

History

Origin: c. 1300 ; German

MS. Laud Misc. 98 - Part 3 (fols. 76-122)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 76r-100v)
Arnold of Bonneval, Hexaemeron

Original beginning lacking, but supplemented c. 1300 with fols. 67-75.

Incipit: concurrit. Genuit fluctibus suis immensa actio et suspirat
Explicit: laboris esse inutilis arbitrari sumus.
2. (fols. 100v-117v)
Arnold of Bonneval, De sex verbis
Incipit: (text) Post regulas fidei Evangelico dogmate promulgatas
Explicit: fiant doctores, et qui sepulti, magistri.

For the prologue, see above.

3. (fols. 117v-120v)
Arnold of Bonneval, De laudibus B.M.V.
Incipit: Si linguis hominum loquar et angelorum, nichil digne, nichil proprie
Explicit: dum erroneum lucraretur.

PL 189. 1725-34.

4. (fols. 120v-122r; 122v blank)
Arnold of Bonneval, Hexaemeron, praefatio
Incipit: Apud hebreos ante Moysen
Explicit: in hoc eodem libro Angelorum creatio et diabolii casus licet manifeste non sit ibi harum rerum expressa distinctio. Explicit liber.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

2 cols., 34 lines. Written space 190 × 105 mm. Written above top line.

Decoration

Coloured red initials.

History

Origin: c. 1200 ; German

MS. Laud Misc. 98 - Part 4 (fols. 123-202v)

Contents

1. (fols. 123r-132r)
Origen , Homilies on 1 Kings
Rubric: Incipit liber Omeliarum Origenis Adamanti in libro Regum, Esaiae, Hieremiae, Hiezechielis. I. De Helcana, et Fennana, et Anna et Samuhel, et de Heli et Ofni et Finee.
Incipit: Non tunc tantummodo Deus plantauit paradysum
Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 132r-144v)
Origen, Homilies on the Song of Songs
Rubric: In exordium Cantici Canticorum, usque ad eum locum in quo ait, Quoadusque rex veniat in recubitu suo
Incipit: Quomodo discimus per Moysen esse
Language(s): Latin
3. (fols. 144v-164v)
Origen, Homilies on Isaiah
Rubric: Incipit in Esaia Omelia i
Incipit: Quam diu Ozyas rex vixit
Language(s): Latin
4. (fols. 165r-201v; 202rv blank)
Origen, Homilies on Jeremiah
Rubric: Quo tempore Hieremias exorsus prophetare et sub quibus principibus prophetauit et infra quae dicta sunt ei a Domino
Incipit: Deus ad benefaciendum promptus est
Explicit: et cum hebreis consonant non debui neque ||

Imperfect at end.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Layout

1 col., 35 lines. Written space 210 × 125 mm.

Decoration

Initials in the ink of the text.

Rubrics in rustic capitals.

History

Origin: 9th century, first half ; German, Lorsch, Benedictine abbey (Bischoff)

Provenance

Lorsch, Benedictine abbey: identifiable in the 3rd library catalogue from Lorsch (III, fol. 25v-26v, according to B. Bischoff, Lorsch im Spiegel seiner Handschriften, 1974, p. 119f; quoted from Palmer).

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford (January 2020) from the following sources (with additional description of the contents and physical description):
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 105, 215, 253, 287 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
R. U. Smith, "Arnold of Bonneval, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Bernard's Epistle 310", Analecta Cisterciensia 49 (1993), 273-318, pp. 298-299.
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital (fols. 123-201)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-01-30: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.