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MS. Barlow 5

Summary Catalogue no.: 6417


Missal, Use of Sarum

Calendar (fol. ii); blessing of holy water (fol. 1) with Bidding Prayers in English; temporale (fol. 4), the first Sunday in Advent with the tones of the prefaces, epistles and gospels, and Holy Saturday with the baptism service (fol. 102), and the order of the mass (fol. 108v) which is followed by the tones of Benedicamus and Ite missa est, and prayers for peace (fol. 125v); common of the dedication (fol. 175); sanctorale (fol. 177v); common of the saints (fol. 229); votive masses of the Virgin, etc. (fol. 246v); marriage service (fol. 259); servitium peregrinorum (fol. 262v); masses of the dead (fol. 264). Additions, among which masses of St. David, St. Chad, St. Winifreda, the Holy Name and the Five Wounds (fol. 271).

Language(s): Latin with a little Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 6 + 273 (274) + i + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 372 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (written): 265 × 165 mm.


2 col. of 40 lines.

28 lines in the canon.


Written by Alexander de Pulesdon (fols. 177, 270v)

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 13 (canon 9) staves of 4 red lines


Several coloured initials and borders (fols. 1, 4, 19–21, 24v, 118v, 119 etc.). Pächt and Alexander iii. 805:

Good borders.

Good initials.

Marginal drawings for catchwords. ()

Additions: In the margin of fol.213v: Missa de s. Sabina non servetur in parochia sequensis (?) (16th cent.).


Brown leather, 17th-cent. English work.

Accompanying Material

Endleaves from a Latin commentary on the Institutes, i.25–6.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Liturgical evidence for origin in the diocese of Worcester: calendar, masses 'in depositione s. Oswaldi episc. et conf. in episcopatu Wygorniensis' (fol. 188va), 'S. Kyneburge Virginis non Sarum' (fol. 198), 'in translatione S. Oswaldi festum festive celebratur in ecclesia et in episcopatu Wy.'.

John Hall, 1633–1710.

Given by him when master of Pembroke College (from 1664) to Thomas Barlow, 1607–91 (fol. i).

Bequeathed by Barlow to the Bodleian.

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; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (11 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.