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MS. Holkham misc. 18

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Liber ceremonialis Romani pontificis
Language(s): Latin
1a. (fols. 1r-)

Table of contents of fols. 1–55.

1b. (fols. 3r-)
Ordo Romanus XIV

as pr. PL, LXXVIII, 1121–50.

Language(s): Latin
1c. (fols. 49r-)
Pontificale Romanae curiae (adaptation of ch. 52)
Rubric: Ordo Romane ecclesie ad sepeliendum papam episcopos presbiteros et dyacones carinales defunctos
(ed. Andrieu, Studi e testi, 87 (1940), 2, 505; found also in MSS. Lyons 566 and Toulouse 67; cf. op. cit., p. 33 and 215.
Language(s): Latin
1d. (fols. 51r-)
Ordo Romanus XIV
Rubric: Secuntur cerimonie et solempnitate solite servari in creatione novorum cardinalium
Explicit: licentia speciali domini pape
(pr. PL, LXXVIII, 1259–70).
Language(s): Latin
1e. (fols. 55v-)
Rubric: In Christe nomine amen. Anno a nativitate eiusdem MºCCCCºVIIIº XV die Novembris. Infrascripte sunt cerimonie observande in celebratione generalis concilii que principaliter circa quatuor versantur
Explicit: turbans concilim eat expellendus. Aliquia capitula sequi debent que concernant modum dandi vota. Item abolutionem concilii que aliis tradentur
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + 58 + iii (paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 230 × 155–60 mm.
Foliation: Most of the parchment leaves have an original ink foliation in roman numerals: i-lviii; modern pencil foliation throughout, including endleaves: i-iii, 1–61.


1(10)-5(10), 6(8) catchwords


41 lines; in 2 columns


Fine gothic bookhand.


Plain blue and red initials.


Typical Holkham binding in brown straight-grained morocco, the spine lettered in gilt 'LIBER CEREMONIALIS ROMANI PONTIFICIS MS SÆC. XV'.


Origin: Italian ; 1411–1417

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for Franciscus de Zabarella, cardinal, of Florence (1411–1417): the table of contents is headed 'Istum librus fecit scribi cum diligentia reverendissimus in Christo pater et dominus dominus Franciscus de Zabarellis cardinalis Florentinus' (fol. 1r).

Bartolomeo Zabarella, archbishop of Spalato (1428–1439): inscribed 'Bartolomeus de Zabarellis archiepiscopus Spalatensis' (fol. 57r).

Given in 1455 by B. de Lignamine to the Canons of S. Giovanni in Verdara, Padua: inscribed 'Librum hunc cerimoniale [sic] summi pontificis rev. dominus B. de Lignamine de Padua episcopus Concordiensis congreagationi canonicorum Christo militancium in monasterio sancti Johannis in Viridario Padue. Quare omnes deum pro eius anima devote precari meminerint MºCCCCºIV' (fol. 57r) (see Hassall, 1970, 23, 23 n. 6).

Thomas Coke, probably bought by him in 1717 (cf. ibid.).

Bookplate of 'THOMAS WILLIAM COKE' (1754–1842), formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 193.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.