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MS. Laud Misc. 302

Summary Catalogue no.: 903


Missal, Use of Sarum

Calendar (fol. 1); blessing of holy water (fol. 7); temporale (fol. 8v) with order of the Mass (fol. 108) followed by the prayers for peace (fol. 120), intonations of the Ite missa est (fol. 120v) and the oratio sancti Augustini … dicenda … dum canitur officium et Kyrie … Summe sacerdos (fol. 121); sanctorale (fol. 164); common of the saints (fol. 215); votive masses of the Virgin, etc. (fol. 288); votive masses of the Holy Name (fol. 232v), the Five Wounds (fol. 233v: Humiliavit), pro mortalitate (fol. 234v: Recordare), each preceded by long rubrics; baptismal rite (fol. 243v); marriage service (fol. 246); ordo ad servicium peregrinorum (fol. 250); blessings (fol. 251v); ritual of the Last Sacraments (fol. 253) with masses of the dead and the ordo trigintalis quod quidam apostolicus … celebravit (fol. 263); additions (fol. 266).

Red leather tags.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 266 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 288 × 256 mm.
Dimensions (written): 247 × 155 mm.


Some leaves missing after fol. 144; the beginning of the canon is lost.


2 col. of 42 lines.

30 lines in the canon.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 14 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine miniature (drawing), fol. 246v, fine historiated and other borders, historiated and other initials. (P&A iii. 1011, pl. XCIV)

Miniatures and borders on fols. 7, 8v, 22v, 30v, 123, 134v, 137, 142, 143, 162, 171v, 175v, 183v, 195v, 200v, 210, 216, 253.


Contemporary binding of white leather on boards.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Possibly written for a Benedictine house in the diocese of Durham: cf. fols. 104v(?), 256, 261v, and in the calendar: S. Oswini regis et mart. dupl. festum in episcopatu dunelm. On fol.174v is his Mass. Foreign, i.e. not Sarum, influence is to be found in the proper masses of St. David and St. Chad; see rubric.

William Laud, by 1633.

Part of his first donation to the Bodleian, sent 22 May 1635.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books, and Pächt and Alexander. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969-73, from the original ed. of 1858-1885).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (27 images from 35mm slides)


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1011

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.