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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


Fols. 1-168: fine borders, historiated and other initials. Partly defaced. (P&A iii. 537, pl. LII). 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

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