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MS. Laud Lat. 92

Summary Catalogue no.: 1001

Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth; Würzburg, c. 833–842


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 208–15. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
(fol. 1r-44v)

Deuteronomy (fol. 1r-v, capitula)

(fols. 44v-77r)

Joshua (fols. 44v-45v, Jerome's prologue; fols. 45v-47r, capitula)

(fols. 77r-105r)

Judges (fols. 77r-78ar, capitula)

(fols. 105r-107v)

Ruth, imperfect, ends at 4.15

Language(s): Latin

With 124 later Old High German glosses (105 in ink, 19 in drypoint), most likely from the tenth century, in a West Central German (Central Franconian) dialect.

Language(s): Old High German

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 108 + i (parchment) + i (paper), foliated i-ii, 1–109; fol. 78 is double (paginated 78a-d).
Dimensions (leaf): c. 200–315 × 218–26 mm.


Ruled in hard point, one column of 24 lines, ruled space 235–40 × 150–5 mm.


German Anglo-Saxon minuscule, several hands.



Marginal scribbles, fols. 4v, 5r, 21r, 70v (cf. Pächt and Alexander iii. 14).


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


Origin: c. 832–842; glosses 10th century (?) ; German, Würzburg, St. Kylian (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Written at the order of Humbert, bishop of Würzburg (inscription, fol. 1v), probably at Würzburg, although Fulda has also been suggested.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 1r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 1v.

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

Record Sources

See above. Additional description of the OHG glosses by Nigel Palmer, March 2019. 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).


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Last Substantive Revision

2018-07-10: Fuller summary of Mairhofer's catalogue created for Polonsky German manuscripts project.