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MS. Lat. liturg. c. 36

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

Contents

Breviary

Sanctorale, ending imperfect, containing Andrew-Maurice (22 Sept.). English saints included are: Cuthbert (fol.39v), Guthlac (fol.45v), Alphege of Canterbury (fol.46v), Dunstan (fol.54), Augustine of Canterbury (fol.55), Alban (fol.56), Etheldreda (fol.56v), translation of St. Swithin (fol.72). Also included: Benedict (fol.40v, 9 lessons, in a secular version) and his translation (6 lessons). The calendar (leaf with Jan.-April cut out) includes: 24 July, St. Wulfehad, in red (venerated at Stone, Staffs); 3 Sept., Ordination of St. Gregory, in red; 22 Dec., ‘Hic obiit Herveius de Stratona’; 29 Dec., St. Thomas Becket (canonized 1173), in blue. 13th cent. addition: 7 Sept., ‘Hic obiit Robertus de Gaham’.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ⟨-⟩bens pro
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 106 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 326 × 235 mm.
Dimensions (written): c.220–3 × 138–45 mm.

Collation

1(4) (1–2 missing), 10(8), 11(8) (1 missing), 12(6) (the leaves in this quire (fol.78–83) are in disorder), 13(8) (1 and 4 missing), 14(8) (3 missing), 15(8) (4–5 missing), 16(8) (1, 4, 5, 8 missing)(?), further quires missing at end some catchwords

Condition

margins often completely cut away

Layout

2 cols, text 38 lines, ruled in crayon

Musical Notation:

Neumatic notation on 19 staves of 4 red lines

Decoration

Initials red flourished in blue or blue in red; special entries in calendar written in green, red or blue.

Additions: In the margins of fol. 5, 16, 57v, 69v, 80v, 92v, 93v, written in crayon in current 12th–13th cent. hands, are lists of names with amounts of dues(?). The names include: ‘Aldred’, ‘Walter de Hul’, ‘Ric. de Hale’, all several times; ‘Will. de Fonte’ (fol.69v, 80v); ‘Will. Palmer’ (fol.80v); ‘Will. Drueri(?)’ (fol.80v), etc.

Binding

Bound in original(?) wooden boards.

History

Origin: 12th century, after 1173; perhaps after 1184; before 1220 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps written for the collegiate church of Penkridge, Staffs, a pre-Conquest royal free chapel, for which see Dorothy Styles in Staffordshire Record Soc., Hist. Collections. Staffordshire (1950–1), 3–52 and Victoria County History, Staffordshire III, 1970, pp.298–303. Herveius de Stratona (Calendar, 29 Dec.) may be identified as the sheriff of Staffordshire 1166–84. A Robert de Gaham (Calendar, 7 Sept.) was sued in 1220 over land in Dunston, near Penkridge (William Salt Archeol. Soc., Hist. Colls. Staffs. IV (1883), p.15). Some notes in a 16th cent. hand.

Bought at Sotheby's, 7 Dec. 1964, lot 150.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

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