The Bodleian Library is one of the few libraries outside Germany with a substantial number of medieval manuscripts from the German-speaking lands. These manuscripts, most of which were acquired by Archbishop Laud in the 1630s, during the Thirty Years' War, mainly consist of major groups of codices from ecclesiastical houses in the Rhine-Main area, that is Wurzburg, Mainz, and Eberbach. Their potential contribution to the religious and intellectual history of these foundations and to the study of German medieval culture as a whole is immeasurable.
This book contains descriptions of over one hundred medieval, manuscripts, mostly Latin, from the Charterhouse St Michael at Mainz, founded in the early 1320s. Dating from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, they reflect the spirituality and literary interest of the Carthusian order.
This is the first major publication on the Mainz Charterhouse manuscript collection. Published in two volumes, it provides authoritative and superbly detailed descriptions, including information about the physical characteristics, decoration, binding, and provenance of the manuscripts. Each manuscript is illustrated.
Preface INTRODUCTION * The Laud collection * Archbishop Laud, the manuscripts from Germany, and their journey to England * The Charterhouse St Michael at Mainz: i) Foundation ii) History until 1781 iii) The library Editorial conventions Acknowledgements ABBREVIATIONS Bibliographical Abbreviations General Abbreviations List of manuscripts List of figures Concordance of Mainz Charterhouse shelfmarks CATALOGUE INDICES Index of Initia General Index