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MS. Laud Misc. 284

Summary Catalogue no.: 1137

Choir breviary; Würzburg, s. xiiex–xiv

Contents

Choir Breviary

An antiphonal-responsorial (part A) combined with a Lectionary and Capitulary (part B) over time, and with later additions (part C) to form a breviary.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 609-20. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
fol. i recto-verso blank, except for a Bodleian shelfmark.
Fols. 272v-274v blank.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th-cent. paper) + 273 + i (17th-cent. parchment) + i (17th-cent. paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 330–42 × 235–54 mm.
For parts A and B, the margins trimmed, sometimes affecting prickings, rubrics, initials, marginalia, and guides.
Foliation: i-ii, 1-274

Binding

Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Parts B and C at least together by the 15th century (evidence of catchwords), at Domstift, St Kilian, Würzburg.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. iiv.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 284 - endleaf (fol. ii)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Fragment of a notarial instrument

Drawn up by ‘Conradus de Nordelingen’ (Nördlingen, diocese Augsburg), relating to a lawsuit in which the Dean and chapter of Würzburg were concerned.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: parchment
Extent: fragment of a document

Hand(s)

Bastarda

History

Origin: 14th century, late ; Germany

MS. Laud Misc. 284 - Part A (fols. 1-93, 95-118)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1-93, 95-118)
2.1. (fols. 1ra-98vb)
Antiphonal, Use of Würzburg

Combined temporale and sanctorale, common of the saints, and the dedication.

Fol. 94 is an added leaf, s. xiv: unus martyr. See part C.

2.2. (fols. 98vb–110ra)
Responsories and antiphons

For the months after Pentecost.

2.3. (fols. 110ra–113rb)
Invitatoria and tones of the Psalm Venite exultemus
2.4. (fols. 113rb–118vb)
Hymnal

Without notation. Hymns de tempore, de sanctis et de communi sanctorum, mixed.

Fol. 118 added, 14th century.

Physical Description

Form: codex

Layout

Ruling in lead point (fols. 1–57), or ink (fols. 58 ff.), in two columns of 29 lines. Ruled space c. 277–82 × 191–200 mm.

Hand(s)

German protogothic, s. xiiex, by several, very similar hands. Notation in the text hand.

Musical Notation:

The music written in thick neums: adiastematic, non-rhythmical notation. For incipits and Cantus ID Numbers of all chants in this manuscript see http://cantusdatabase.org/node/374130.

Decoration

Romanesque initials, s. xii ex with foliate and zoomorphic motifs; inhabited initial on f. 17v: a man sitting on the limb of h formed by a fantastic beast; small to medium initials in red. Red rubrics and majuscules.

History

Origin: 12th century, end ; Germany, Würzburg (?)

MS. Laud Misc. 284 - Part B (fols. 119-268)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

2.5. (fols. 119ra–206ra)
Lectionary
(fols. 119ra–168rb)
Temporale
(fol. 119ra)
Pars hiemalis
(fol. 141va)
Pars aestivalis
(fols. 164vb–168rb)
Evangelia dominicalia
(fols. 168rb–201ra)
Sanctorale
(fols. 201ra–202r)
Legends

Added in three different, but contemporary hand

(fol. 202ra–rb)
Litany
(fols. 202va–206ra)
Common of the Saints
2.6. (fols. 206va–268vb)
Capitulary
(fol. 206va)
Temporale and sanctorale combined
(fol. 250va)
Common of the Saints
(fol. 256va)
The dedication
(fols. 257rb–268vb)
Orationes cotidianae; chapters and collects

Physical Description

Form: codex

Layout

Ruling in ink, in two columns of 36/37 (fols. 119r–206ra), 29–31 lines per page (fols. 206va ff.). Fols. 119r–202v ruled the full width and height of the page. Ruled space c. 254–63 × 167–75 mm.

Hand(s)

German textualis, most likely Würzburg, s. xiii/xiv, by different hands.

Decoration

Simple small or medium initials; red rubrics and occasional underslining.

History

Origin: 13th century - 14th century ; Germany, Würzburg (?)

MS. Laud Misc. 284 - Part C (fols. 94, 118, 269-272)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Fols. 94, 118, see above in part A.

(fols. 269ra–272rb)
Additions
2.7.1. (fols. 269ra–271vb)
Office and octave of Corpus Christi
2.7.2. (fol. 272ra–rb)
Octave of St Kilian: lesson

Physical Description

Form: codex

Layout

Ruling in ink, in two columns of 41 lines. Ruled space c. 262–65 × 170–75 mm.

Hand(s)

Textualis, Würzburg, s. xiv, by a single hand.

Decoration

Red majuscules and rubrics

Simple small to medium initials in red.

History

Origin: 14th century ; Germany, Würzburg, St. Kilian

Provenance

On liturgical grounds probably written at the Domstift.

Additional Information

Record Sources

See above. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Bibliography