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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 5

Summary Catalogue no.: 29744


Gospel lectionary (St.Margaret's Gospels)

Private collection of some liturgical pericopes from the four gospels (fols. 4, 14, 22, 31), including the passions (fols. 7, 15, 24, 32v).

Hexameter poem added fol. 2, late 11th cent.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 36 + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 172 × 111 mm.
Dimensions (written): 148 × 75/80 mm.


30 lines

Musical Notation:

The Genealogy of Christ according to St. Matthew (fol. 4) with musical notation.


Fine miniatures, borders, initials. (P&A iii. 44, pl. V)

Each set of gospels is preceded by a full-page miniature of the evangelist and an illuminated title.


Origin: Before 1093; probably 11th century, second quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Margaret, queen of Scotland (d. 1093) (poem on fol. 2).

Possibly Durham Cathedral Priory. Reginald of Coldingham records the gift by Queen Margaret to Durham of a gospel-book, which is perhaps the same gospel-book described in an inventory of 1383 (see Bodleian Quarterly Record iv.202–3), but the identification of either with the present manuscript is uncertain.

'Liber Ihois this ys bouke', 16th cent., fol. 20v.

'Claytoun Sudlaw', 16th cent., fol. 38v.

'John Stowe', fol. 38v, probably the antiquary (?1525–1605).

William Howard, 1563–1640: 'William Howard', fol. 3

Fane Edge, vicar of Nedging, Suffolk: 'Fane Edge, 1716', fol. 3; inherited from his mother, Catherine Fane (see Rushforth, 2007, pp. 103–4).

Brent Ely parish library: 'Brentely Library', 'L. i. 30', 18th cent., fol. 3

Sold by the library as part of the William Brice sale, Sotheby's, 26 July 1887, lot 104, for £6.

Record Sources

S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957); Watson; Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (18 images from 35mm slides)


    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 549
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 44

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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.