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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 17

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

Prayers and Offices, Use of Sarum; English, early 15th century

Contents

(fol.3)
Prayers
Incipit: Domine Deus omnipotens Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus

including (fol.11v) 'Ave Iesu Christe verbum Patris Filius virginis, agnus Dei', here described as 'Salutacio clerici de Brigundia' (sic), (fol.13v) 'Ladi quene y pray the to governe me in gode lore', and (fol.14) the litany of the Virgin.

Language(s): Latin and English
(fols.25, 33v, 40)
Offices of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Ghost, the Passion
Language(s): Latin
(fol.56)
Penitential and gradual psalms
Language(s): Latin
(fol.64)
Litany
Language(s): Latin
(fol.75)
Office of the dead
Language(s): Latin
(fol.96)
Commendation.
Language(s): Latin

There are a number of later additions which include:

(fol.50)
Prayer and verses
Incipit: In the worschip of the almyghti God
Incipit: All myȝty god maker of hevyne
(Brown Robbins Index no.253)
Incipit: Syke and sorow depely
(ibid. no.3102)
Incipit: Wordly love is in herte bysy pouȝt
Language(s): English
(fol.53v)
Rubric: The X comanndementis of oure Lorde
(ibid. no.3685)
Language(s): English
(fol.54)
Rubric: Thes ben the revelacions that our Lorde … shewid his servant Albert archibisshop of the site of Coleyne
Incipit: Geve to my pore a peny

See H. E. Allen, Writings ascribed to Richard Rolle pp.317–9

Language(s): English
(fol.70v)
Devotional exercise
Incipit: When ye ris or ye speke with any creatur
Language(s): English
(fol.73v)
List of relics at Compostela and of indulgences there obtainable
Language(s): Latin
(fol.92)
Commentary on the Lord's Prayer
Incipit: Quatuor enim debemus habere in oracione
Language(s): Latin
(fol.94)
Note on the Eucharist
Incipit: Sanctus Albertus episcopus dicit quando corpus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: morem pecunie
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 110 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 95 mm.

Collation

1(8), 2(8), 3(6), 4(8), 5(8)(wants 6), 6(8), 7(4), 8(8)–13(8), 14(10) (10 canc.), catchwords

Layout

21 long lines, ruled in violet

Decoration

Fine borders, initials. (P&A iii. 809) Illuminated initials in blue, green, red and gold, with partial border on fol.3, 19, 25, 40, 56, 75, 96, similar smaller initials with red and violet flourishes. There are instructions for the illuminator at fol.19, 55v, 63v, 74v, and 95v, but the miniatures were not executed.

Binding

19th-cent. black polished leather over pastboards; the spine letered in gilt 'PRECES | PIÆ'

History

Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in the North of England for the use of a lady (?). The formulae of the prayers are not consistently masculine or feminine, but in one of the additions (fol.71) the name Iohanna occurs.

Bought, 1926.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)