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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 18

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


Language(s): Latin and German

Ordinal of the Cistercian nunnery of St. Mary and St. Maurice, Medingen

Written for the Cistercian nunnery of Medingen, following the use of Werden, with some prayers of Cistercian use (fol. 11 and 24. Cf. also fol. 29). There are vernacular refrains to several hymns (fol. 49v, 52v, 56v, 57v). At fol.36v, 37 and 46 are figures illustrating the rubrics.

Language(s): Latin and German
Ritual for the Last Sacraments
Language(s): Latin
Burial service
Language(s): Latin
Office of the dead
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Statuta et consuetudines fratrum et sororum in curia claustri Medingen
Language(s): Late middle low German
Rubric: Ordo in oblacione puellarum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: deinde dominus
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 119 leaves, with one modern paper leaf, fol. ii, inserted between fols. i and 1
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 140 × 115–25 mm.


1(12)(1 and 2 canc., 5 partly cut away), 2(12), 3(8), 4(10), 5(10), 6(8), 7(10), 8(8), 9(10), 10(10), 11(10), 12(14)(14 canc.), quires 4, 8, 9–11 numbered at the end XII, XI, XIIII–XVI respectively


mostly 2 cols., 17 lines or six long lines and 6 staves of five lines

Musical Notation:

Staves of five black lines, gothic notation


Fleuronnée initials. (P&A i. list p. 72)

Three marginal drawings depict the blessing(?) (fol. 36v) and lighting(?) (fol. 37r) of a candle, and a chalice (fol. 46r); one historiated red and blue puzzle initial: initial 'C'[um rex], with the Harrowing of Hell, in coloured inks and light washes (fol. 47v); puzzle initials in red and blue, with red and blue penwork (fols. 12r, 31v, etc.), or just blue penwork (fols. 1v), other initials in red with blue penwork, or vice versa; or plain red or blue.


Original binding. Sewn on five double cords laced into oak(?) boards, fixed with square wood pegs, covered with brown leather blind-tooled with a variety of circular, lozenge, and rectangular stamps, including several sizes of rosette, and the names '[?ihesu]s' and 'maria', with metal clasps (fastening from the lower to the upper board; one of the openwork catchplates missing) and corner-pieces; much of the spine-leather decayed.

Accompanying Material

Fol.i, which forms part of the outer leaf of the first quire, is a cancel from an office book, similarly ruled to the rest of this MS, containing versicles and collects for the 15th to 22nd Saturdays and Sundays after Pentecost.


Origin: 14th century, first half ; German, North-west

Provenance and Acquisition

The Cisterican nunnery of St. Mary and St. Maurice, Medingen: ‘Ordinarius ecclesie sancte Marie uirginis et sancti Mauricii in Meding'’ (fol. 1r). The manuscript belongs to a group decorated in Medingen in the first half of the 14th cent., for which see B. Uhde-Stahl, ‘Figürliche Buchmalereien in den Spätmittelalterlichen Hss. der Lüneburger Frauenklöster,’ Niederdeutsche Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte 17 (1978), 31–33, Abb. 7–9.

Edward Hailstone, of Walton Hall, Wakefield, Yorkshire (see DNB, VIII, 886; his arms on the upper cover).

His sale at Sotheby's, 23 April 1891 and seven following days, lot 2075, bought by 'Butt' (auctioneer's scribal error for 'Bull'?), for £10 5s.

H. A. Wilson.

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian, 1927.

Record Sources

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