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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 28

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


Ritual (Carthusian use, portable)
Language(s): Latin and French

Penitential psalms, starting imperfect in Ps.6:9 (at '|| qui operamini ...') due to the loss of a leaf before fol. 1.

Language(s): Latin

Litany, with Ignatius (8) between Vincent and Fabian among 12 original martyrs; Blandina (9) among 14 original virgins; various additions include Bruno (canonised in 1516; added in last place to the confessors); followed by four collects; fol. 21v ruled, otherwise blank.

Language(s): Latin

Office of the dead, Use of the Carthusians (the responsories correspond to numbers 14,36,46; 67,51,33; 60,95,53 in Ottosen, Office of the Dead); including prayers 'Pour les freres et soeurs de no ordene' (fol. 30v-31r; cf. fol. 72r), 'Pour les biens faiteurs de lordene' (fol. 31r-v); with neumes added between the lines in the nine lessons and their versicles; fol. 73v ruled, otherwise blank.

Language(s): Latin and French

Ritual for last sacraments and burial service, with rubrics and other detailed directions in French, the Litany very similar to the preceding one, and with similar additions, but with Hylarion (11) and Columbanus (14) among the 16 original confessors; and Columba (11) among the nineteen virgins; the petitions (fols. 81v-85v) with feminine forms, and masculine forms above the line: 'ora pro eaº' and 'libera euam'; feminine forms are used alone in one of the prayers (fol. 89v), and with masculine endings above the line in another (fol. 91r).

Language(s): Latin and French
Antiphons and responsories from Office and ritual of the dead, with square notation on four-line staves.
Language(s): Latin

Rules for collects of the dead, in French: 'Memore quant plusieurs briefs viennent ensamble tant que chascune agende soit dicte on dist lorison en plurel ...'; fol. 119v ruled, otherwise balnk; fols. 120r-121v blank except for traces of faint frame-ruling.

Language(s): French

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol.1) qui operamini
Secundo Folio: (fol.2) confitebor adversum me
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv (original parchment) + 119 + ii (original parchment) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 125 × 90 mm.
Dimensions (written): 80 × 55 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-iv, 1–121.


a(4 (?)), 1(8 (1 missing)), 2(8), 3(6) (6 canc.), 4(8) – 8(8), 9(10), 10(8)–12(8), 13(6), 14(8), 15(10), 16(4)(3 cut out) catchwords survive in most quires, writtten vertically except in quires 6, 7, and 12 leaf signatures frequently survive, in the form aj-aiiij, from a-[p].


Ruled in pale red ink with 13 lines, the top pair and bottom one ruled the full width of the page, with single vertical bounding lines extending the full height of the page. prickings usually survive in the outer and bottom margins. 12 long lines of text.


Good initial. (P&A i. 763)

One four-line initial D[ilexi] in reddish and blue with white decoration, infilled with red, green, and blue foliate scrolls, on a gold ground (fol. 22r). Three-line intials in gold, on a blue and rose ground with white tracery to major divisions (fols. 13r, 74r, 81v, and an offset of a three- or four-line initial on fol. iv verso); similar two-line intitials to psalms. lessons, etc.; one-line initials alternately in plain red or blue, to verses and other minor divisions; very simple line-fillers, alternately plain red or blue, in the litanies.


Sewn on four cords, and bound in polished dark brown leather over oak boards; the covers stamped with patterns of numerous lozenge-shaped fleurs-de-lis stamps, and rectangular stamps, and fillets; with two nails and two textile straps at the fore-edge of the upper board, two corresponding holes in the lower cover and board: the remains of strap-and-pin clasps; rebacked.

Accompanying Material

The paste-down on the front cover is from an unfinished Office of the dead with musical notation not filled in


Origin: 15th century, second half ; French, North

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for the Nuns of Mont-de-Sainte-Marie, Gosnay, Pas-de-Calais. ‘Chest a chartruses de lez Gosnay’ (fol.ii) and cf. feminine forms in litany and some prayers (fols. 82–85v, 89v, 91); St. Bruno [canonised 1516] is added in the litany (fol.15v).

Given by F. E. Norris, 1952.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.