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MS. Rawl. liturg. e. 41

Summary Catalogue no.: 15840


Missal, Use of Sarum

Additional masses of St. Michael and the feasts of the relics (fol. 1); calendar (fol. 3) with some added obits and notes; masses of Wednesday in Ember week of September (fol. 9), of St. Andrew and St. Bartholomew (fol. 10v); blessing of holy water (fol. 13); prefaces (fol. 14v) and canon (fol. 17), the latter with long rubrics; passion of Good Friday (fol. 25); unorderly collection of masses (fol. 29), taken mostly from the temporale, followed by some votive masses and the mass of the dead (fol. 54v); masses of the Conception (fol. 57), St. Ann, Sts. Philip and James, St. Lawrence; proses (fol. 62); mass of Palm Sunday (fol. 70) and the following Wednesday; masses mostly from the sanctorale (fol. 85) and the common (fol. 98v); votive masses (fol. 111); marriage service (fol. 112v); ritual for the Last Sacraments (fol. 120), commendation (fol. 124v); masses of the dead (fol. 127v) with burial service (fol. 133v); baptismal rite (fol. 139), including the blessing of the font (fol. 143); servitium peregrinorum (fol. 147). Additions: Ordo trigintalis (fol. 149v) and some votive masses (fol. 150).

Language(s): Latin with some English.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 151 + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): c. 160 × 100-118 mm.
Foliation: Fols. 13-56, 62-110 have an original foliation (i-xlvj, xlvij-iiijxxxviij)


Several leaves cut out, other damaged by cuttings.


2 cols.; fols. 1-112 of 25 lines, fol.113-49 of 26 lines.


Initials (mutilated). (P&A iii. 1111)

fol. 151r: miniature, half-figure of the Virgin (inscribed 'Ave maria').


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps made for use in the diocese of Durham: Northern English dialect in the marriage service; feast of St Oswin in red in the calendar, 20 August.

Agnes Roos, 1479, fol. 8

Notes on the Moore family of Church Oakley and Bramley (near Basingstoke), 1476-1582, including John More 1558-85

Notes on the Warham family at Beaurepaire (in Sherborne St John), 1581-95

Richard Rawlinson, 1690-1755

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript) Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue; incorporating additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1111