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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 43

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


Language(s): Latin

Notes explaining the Roman calendar
Incipit: Sciendum est quod dies Sanctorum in martilogio

Cf. W.H. Frere, The Use of Sarum I, Cambridge, 1898, pp.217–9 and MSS.Rawl.liturg.e.42, fol.10, Bodl.73(S.C.2694), fol.73

Language(s): Latin
Usuard, Martyrology
Rubric: Incipit martilogium venerabilis Bede presbiteri

Without preface, starting at Christmas Eve, with additions, mainly English. The additions are closely related to those in the ‘Altemps’ MS. (identifiable with MS. Vat. Ottob. lat. 163) cited by Du Sollier, ed. Martyrologium Usuardi Monachi, Antwerp, 1714 (Acta Sanctorum XXV*). Both include at 23 Sept. (viii Kl. Oct.) ‘dedicacio sancte trinitatis ecclesie Norwicensis in Norfolchia’. This is also found in B.M. Cotton MS. Julius B.VII. Cf. MS. Rawl. liturg. e. 42 (S.C.15845), with ‘matricis’ for ‘sancte trinitatis’, which has a Sarum/Norwich diccese calendar.

rubric on the daily reading of the Martyrology
Incipit: Notandum est quod ad primam post lectionem de martilogic
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Incipit de gradibus virtutum a sancto Ambrosio ordinatus … et potest legi ad primam post martilogium…
Incipit: Primus gradus huius sacratissime scale est fides
Explicit: purgate

Ends imperfect in gradus xxvi. The complete text has 31 gradus. Also found with the Martyrology in MSS. Bodl. 731, fol. 63v; Rawl. liturg. e. 42, fol. 80v; B.L. Cotton Julius B. VII, fol.8; Vat. Ottob. lat. 163, fol.81v (attributed to Augustine; see MS. Facs. d. 144, fol.83).

Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: nizans
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 132 leaves (fol.i–iii, 130–2 are paper flyleaves).
Dimensions (leaf): 183 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130–3 × 84–6 mm.


1(8)–13(8), 14(8)(+1 added after 2), 15(8)–16(8), quire or quires missing catchwords survive in most quires quire signatures of the form aj-aiiij from a-[q]


The lower outer corners of fol.79–129 have been badly affected by damp(?).


frame ruling in ink, 25–32 long lines (mostly 25–6)


Written in a good anglicana script. Headings in red.


Decorated throughout with two-line intials in blue, with red penwork flourishing extending most of the height of the page; the flourishing on fol. 61v in the form of a fine human head in profile.

Additions: There are a number of 15th cent. notes, corrections and additions.


Bound in 19th cent. blind-tooled dark brown calf over pasteboards; apparently sewn on three cords, the spine with five false raised bands; rebacked; the edges of the leaves red.


Origin: 15th century, first half ; English, East Anglia (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps made in Norfolk / East Anglia, to judge by the inclusion of the non-Sarum feast of the dedication of Norwich cathedral (fol. 90v).

There are a number of 15th-cent. notes, corrections, and additions (e.g. Bridget of Sweden, x Kal. Aug.; fol. 69v); the whole of vii Id. Nov. was omitted by the original scribe, and written on an inserted half-leaf (fol. 107).

fol. 1, top: 'xij d.' (16th cent.?)

Quaritch, cat. 801 (1960), item 218, re-offered in Quaritch, cat. 814, 1961, item 22 (priced £150. With a cutting from the catalogue pasted in)

Francis Wormald

given by his executors, 1973

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.