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MS. Douce 296

Summary Catalogue no.: 21870


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Pächt and Alexander iii. 43, pl. V:

Important miniature.

Important borders.

Important historiated initials.

Important other initials.


Origin: 11th century, second quarter or middle (after 1023 (?)), with 11th- and 12th-century additions ; English, probably East Anglia, perhaps Ely, Peterborough, or Crowland (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Crowland, Lincolnshire, Benedictine abbey of St Mary the Virgin, St Bartholomew, and St Guthlac: provenance inferred from liturgical details. Original ascriptions to Peterborough and Ely (Summary Cat. IV, & V Corrigenda) disproved and Croyland suggested in Archaeologia 78 (1928), p. 222, no. 5. (MLGB3: liturgical evidence, often to be found in the kalendar).

Lewes, Sussex, Cluniac priory of St Pancras (?) : Originated at Crowland, q.v. Obits of the 12th century suggest that it was then at Lewes. (MLGB3: evidence from locally specific contents, including obits, scribbles, etc.).

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 8–15. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


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Last Substantive Revision

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