MS. Holkham misc. 15
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Pontifical; Spanish (archbishopric of Tarragona (?)), 14th century
List of capitula
ordo ad catecuminum faciendum', blessing of font, baptism, confirmation, 'De reconciliatioen apostate'
Consecration of lower orders, priests and bishops.
Blessings of a church and of communion vessels, re-consecration of a church, benediction of the people.
Blessing of candles at the Purification.
Ceremonies of Lent
Ceremonies of Holy Week.
Baptism of the infirm.
Dedication of a church.
Consecration of an abbot or abbess.
Consecration and coronation of a king and queen.
Benedictio principis sive palatini comitis
De legitimis coniuiis
Order of holding a council with (fols. 183r-) forms of excommunication and reconciliation of an excommunicate
Visitation of the sick, and extreme unction with litany.
Forms for admission of a secular as a canon regular, and for the profession of a novice.
Benedictio veterum monachorum
Consecration of nuns.
Blessings of a paten, chalice, corporalia, and a cross.
Office of the Dead.
Exorcism of oil.
Ordination of an abbess.
Consecration of a portable altar.
18 lines per page, written below top line; 29 lines per page, below top line in the added list of contents (fols. iii-iv); in 1 column; litanies in two columns.
Fine gothic liturgical bookhand.
A fine human head occupies one of the small initials (fol. 229v); many other initials include fine 'dragon' heads, some of them with a human limb grasped in their mouth.
Typical Holkam binding in black leather; the spine lettered in gilt 'LIBER | PONTIFICALIS | AD | CATECHUMENUM | FACIENDUM', and 'MS. | SÆC. XIII.' and, at the bottom, '50'.
Provenance and Acquisition
In the order for the consecration of a suffragan bishop the oath of obedience is taken to the archbishop of Tarragona (fol. 44v).
Marginal notes throughout, in a variety of hands, including one (fol. 24r) in a 15th century Italian hand.
Given by B. de Lignamine to the Canons of S. Giovanni in Verdara, Padua, in 1455: inscribed 'Librum hunc donavit reverendus B. de Lignamine Patavus episcopus Concordianensis congregationi canonicorum regularium Lateranensium ita ut imprimis sit ad usam dictorum canonicorum Christo militantium in monasterio sancti Iohannis in Viridario Padue. Quare omnes Deum pro eius anima devote precari meminerint MCCCºLV' (fol. 254v) (Hassall, 1970, 23, 23 n. 6).
Thomas Coke, probably bought in 1717 (ibid.).
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.