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St John's College MS. 235 (fragments 2, 5, and 17)

Breviary (binding fragments)


Language(s): Latin


on no. 2, the sanctorale, part of Matins for the feast of St Andrew, ed. BrevSar 3:11–15; elsewhere gospel readings, those on no. 5 mainly from services for the Commons of saints (Matt. 13, Luke 6, Matt. 5, etc.); on no. 17 from services for St John Baptist (Luke 1) and the Invention of the Cross (John 3).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Fols. 2, the lower (no. 5) and upper (no. 17) portions of leaves, and a strip from a bifolium (no. 2).
Dimensions (leaf): 75 × 115 mm.


In double columns, each column the length of the fragments x 25–8 mm wide, with 7–10 mm between columns, in 17, 12, and 18 surviving lines respectively. No prickings; rules appear in stylus.


Written in England in gothic textura semiquadrata, s. xv in.


Alternate red and blue lombards on flourishing of the other colour.

Headings in red; texts broken by red-slashed capitals.


Origin: s. xv in. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from college books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragments 2, 5, and 17 only.

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    Francis Proctor and Christopher Wordsworth (eds.), Breviarum ad usum insignis ecclesiae Sarum, 3 vols. (Cambridge, 1882–6).

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2021-09: First online publication

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