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MS. Laud Lat. 115

Summary Catalogue no.: 1258

Chronicles, Prayer of Manasses, Ezra & Nehemiah. France, c. 1200.


Language(s): Latin

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 326–46. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Fols. i, 169, 17th century endleaves.

1. (fols. 1r-104v)
Old Testament, Chronicles I and II, with gloss

Written by hand 1.

(fol. 1r)
Jerome, Prologue to I Paralipomena

Stegmüller, Bibl. 328.

(fols. 1r-v)
Jerome, Prologue to Paralipomena.

Stegmüller, Bibl. 323.

(fols. 2r-101v)
I Chronicles, with Glossa ordinaria

Stegmüller, Bibl. 1173.

(fols. 47v-101v)
II Chronicles, with interlinear and marginal gloss

Stegmüller, Bibl. 1174.

(fols. 102r-103r)
Prayer of Manasses

Stegmüller, Bibl. 11794,1.

fols. 103v-104v blank.

2. (fols. 105r-165v)
Old Testament, Ezra and Nehemiah, with gloss

Written by hand 2.

(fols. 105r-v)
List of chapters
(fols. 105v-136r)
Ezra (I Esdras), with interlinear and marginal gloss
(fols. 136r-165v)
Nehemiah (II Esdras), with interlinear and marginal gloss

Fols. 166r-168r blank, except for some notes.

(f. 168v)
Notabilia distinctionum super Lucam

addition, s. xiiiin.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th cent.) + 168 + i (17th cent.)
Dimensions (leaf): 323–31 × 219–30 mm.
Foliation: i, 1–169


Ruling in lead point, hand 1) in one to four shifting columns, with c. 37–41 lines; hand 2) in two to five columns with 40 lines. Ruled space 198–201 × 164–202 mm.


Late French protogothic, c. 1200, by two expert hands, probably working simultaneously; the biblical text mostly below top line, using a larger script for the main (= biblical) text which is written on alternate lines, and a smaller one for the interlinear and marginal gloss, prologues, and summary of chapters; a cum textu layout.


Fine initials in Chronicles.

Penwork initials with foliate decoration on fols. 1r, 102r; with animals on fols. 2r, 47v; penwork initials in Esdras on fols. 105v, 113v, 136r. (The two parts are by different scribes, but in the same format). Throughout the volume fine two-line initials in red or blue to verses; red and blue paraphs; running headings, chapter numbers.


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


Origin: c. 1200 ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Script and decoration of French appearance, c. 1200.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: a 13th-cent. ex-libris, fol. 1r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1636, fol. 1r.

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

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)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-03-07: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.