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MS. Laud Lat. 98

Summary Catalogue no.: 1373

Wisdom books, glossed; France, s. xiii med


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 239-46. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1a. (fols. 1r-51r)
Proverbs, with gloss

Jerome's prologue, fol. 1r.

1b. (fols. 51r-67v)
Ecclesiastes, with gloss

Jerome's prologue, fol. 51r; followed (fol. 67v) by capitula of Wisdom.

1c. (fols. 68r-88v)
Song of Songs, with gloss

Preceded by (fol. 68ra) part of an anonymous commentary (Stegmüller 9539) and (fol. 68rb) prothemata.

1d. (fols. 88v-114v)
Wisdom, with gloss

Prologue, fol. 88vc. Prologue to Ecclesiasticus (item 2), fol. 114va, forms the last paragraph of the gloss.

2. fols. 115r-194v)
Ecclesiasticus, with gloss

Imperfect, ends at 48.18.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 194 + i (parchment) + i (paper), foliated i-ii, 1-196
Dimensions (leaf): c. 328-33 × 225-33 mm.


Ruled in lead point.

Fols. 1-114 (hand 1): 1-3, mostly 3, shifting columns of 38 or 39 lines, ruled space c. 198-203 × 153-155 mm.

Fols. 115-194 (hand 2): 2-3 shifting columns of 39 or 40 lines, ruled space c. 198-207 × 153-155 mm.


Two hands. Fols. 1r-114v, hand 1, textualis.

Fols. 115r-194v, hand 2, late protogothic verging on textualis.


Fleuronnée initials.

Running titles in alternating red and blue capitals.

Paraphs in the gloss.


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


Origin: French ; 13th century, middle

Provenance and Acquisition

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: evidence of 13th-century annotations (cf. MS. Laud lat. 6).

William Laud, 1573-1645: his ex libris, 1637, 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

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