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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. (P&A 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. (P&A iii. 982)


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

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

2017-07-01: First online publication.