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MS. Holkham misc. 16

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

Sequences of the Sarum Missal, etc.


Language(s): Latin


Added quire containing:

Attributes of Enoch, Adam, Abel, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Samuel.
Short notes on the mass.
Bequests of Christ.
Etymology of the word Christus.
Why Friday is a fast.
Petitions of the Lord's Prayer.
Clauses of the creed fitted to apostles and prophets.
Incipit: Hi sunt articuli quod sit trinus deus unus
Ten Commandments.
Seven Mortal Sins, etc.
Manual for confessors. (extracts)
Sequences of the Sarum missal,

each followed by a somewhat abbreviated form of the commentary pr. in the various editions of Expositio sequentiarum secundum usum Sarum ; this manuscript containing only the sections preceded in the pr. text by 'construe'.


List of contents.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ista sequencia (fol. 10r)
Form: codex
Support: Paper, except for one parchment bifolium. Watermarks: head (of horse (?), fol. 15); goat's head, cf. Briquet, no. 15469; anchor, cf. Briquet, no. 372; steer, full length, cf. Briquet, no. 2792.
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 55 + ii (modern paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 160–70 × 110–20 mm.
Foliation: The main text (fols. 9–53) with medieval foliation in red ink in arabic numerals: 1–31, 33–46 (the original fol. 32 is missing); the whole book re-foliated in modern pencil: i-ii, 1–57.


1(16), 2(16) (wants 16), 3(16) catchwords quires signed a-c


Ruling varying, within faint blind frame-ruling; in 1 column.


Various formal and semi-cursive scripts.


Plain red initials


Typical Holkham binding; the spine lettered in gilt from bottom to top 'LECTIONES ET HOMILIÆ.'


Origin: English ; 15th century, second half

Provenance and Acquisition

William Joly, 16th century: inscribed 'Thys ys William Jolys boke of Shyerford' [Shereford] (fols. 1r, 49r; cf. MS. Holkham misc. 39).

Formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 40.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.