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MS. Laud Lat. 41

Summary Catalogue no.: 870

Matthew, glossed; France, c. 1200


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 180–6. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Gospel of St Matthew, with gloss
(fol. 1ra-1vb)

Three prologues to Matthew and the four Gospels; added, early thirteenth century.

(fol. 2ra-rb)

Letter from the cathedral chapter of Würzburg to the cathedral chapter at Mainz; added, early thirteenth century.

(fols. 3rb-4ra)

Prologue to Matthew, with Glossa ordinaria.

(fols. 3r-160v)

Gospel of Matthew, with Glossa ordinaria, supplemented by additional gloss.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 160 + i (parchment) + i (paper), foliated i-ii, 1–162
Dimensions (leaf): c. 287–94 × 207–12 mm.


Ruled in lead point.

Fols. 1ra-1vb: 2 cols. of 43–45 lines, ruled space c. 227/30 × 148–65 mm.

Fols. 3r-160va: 2–3 shifting cols., 34–35 lines, ruled space c. 193–9 × 135–46 mm.


Protogothic by several hands.


‘Pontigny’ style initials, cf. Pächt and Alexander i. 501, pl. XXXIX.

Blue or red initials with foliate decoration in the opposite colour.

Running heads in red and blue.


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


Origin: c. 1200 ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 13th-century ex libris, fol. 3r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 3r.

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)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-10: Fuller summary of Mairhofer's catalogue created for Polonsky German manuscripts project.