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MS. Ashmole 1523

Summary Catalogue no.: 8229

The Bromholm Psalter

Psalter ('The Bromholm Psalter'); England (?Norwich), early 14th century, with additions, mid-15th century


Psalter ('The Bromholm Psalter'; choir psalter, Cluniac Use)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Historiated initials.

Other initials. Partly defaced. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 537, pl. LII, fols. 1–168).

Fols. 169–258: fine borders, historiated and other initials. In four different styles. Additions to a Psalter of 14th century beginning. Line endings also added throughout. On fol. 212v 'Wils' sad', possibly one of the artists. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 982)


Origin: 14th century, beginning; additions, 15th century, middle ; English, East Anglia, probably Norwich; additions, English

Provenance and Acquisition

Bromholm, Norfolk, Cluniac priory of St Andrew: Cluniac kalendar. At 15 June 'Dedicacio ecclesie S. Andree de Bromholmia et altaris in capella noua'. (MLGB3: Liturgical evidence, often to be found in the kalendar).

'Ex dono Edmundi Wymondham militis amico suo Ricardo Southwell militi xmo. die Septembris 1562'. (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 143–52. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (W. H. Black, A descriptive, analytical, and critical catalogue of the manuscripts bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole Esq...., Quarto Catalogues X, 1845).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (38 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.