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Western Manuscripts

As part of the Library’s mission to make its riches as widely available as possible to a scholarly and broader public, this page provides access to a wealth of information about Christ Church’s medieval and sixteenth-century manuscripts.

It has been a cherished project of the Library to provide a modern catalogue of its manuscripts to replace the brief descriptions produced by Kitchin in the mid-nineteenth century. The new catalogue of the medieval manuscripts was first entrusted to Dr Jeremy Griffiths before his sad and untimely death in 1997. Christ Church was fortunate to secure the services of Prof. Ralph Hanna to complete the work and he submitted drafts in 2007, which were mounted on-line the following year. In moving the catalogue closer to final hard-copy publication, Christ Church decided not only to have the descriptions updated but also to expand the catalogue. The expansion involved providing more detailed information about some of the medieval manuscripts, specifically the Bibles and the cartularies held by Christ Church, and also extending its remit by including manuscripts up to c. 1600. For this last stage of work, Christ Church has been assisted by Dr David Rundle.

What is now being provided on-line is a set of files for each of the relevant manuscripts. These include a set of images, Prof. Hanna’s original draft description (where appropriate), and the updated description as submitted by Dr Rundle. The copyright of all these files resides with Christ Church. Requests to reproduce, as well as any queries, should be directed to Dr Cristina Neagu (cristina.neagu@chch.ox.ac.uk).

Missal, Use of Sarum

MS Number: 
MS 87
England, s. xv in.

Vellum (FSOS).  Fols 283.  Vellum finding tabs from another MS in textura (s. xiii?).  Overall 420 mm x 285 mm.  In double columns, each column 300 mm x 83 mm, with 17 mm between columns, in 36 lines to the column.  Frequent signs of full pricking; bounded and ruled in brown ink.  Written in gothic textura quadrata by five scribes.Their work has been supplemented by two later additions in different texturas of s. xv to fill in gaps, fols 125-31 and fols 181-82.  Punctuation by point, puntus elevatus, punctus interrogativus, and (scribe E only) double point.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

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Ranulf Higden, Polychronicon

MS Number: 
MS 89
England, s. xv in.

Vellum (FSOS).  Fols ii + 186 + ii (numbered fols iii-iv).  Overall 345 mm x 245 mm.  In double columns, each column 240 mm x 73-75 mm, with 14 mm between columns, 50 lines to the column.  Bounded in brownish-black ink with no rules, with columns 10 mm wide, two in the outer margin and one in the upper margin, for chapter numbers and to identify years and rulers; very rare signs of prick-holes at bottom edge in line with the eight vertical bounding lines.  Written in gothic textura semiquadrata, with anglicana a and g.  Punctuation by low point and punctus elevatus.

For detailed descriptions, please see attachments.

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Walter de Milemete, De notabilitatibus, sapientiis et prudentiis regum.

MS Number: 
MS 92
London, 1326 x 1327.

Vellum (HSOS and FSOS).  Fols i + 81 (numbered fols 1-80, but an unnumbered leaf after fol. 79) + i (numbered fol. 81).  Overall 246 mm x 160 mm (writing area 135 mm x 73-75 mm).  In long lines, 20 lines to the page.  Full prickings often visible at the outer edge of the written area (i.e. inside the space marked for the borderwork); bounded and ruled in reddish crayon.  Written in gothic textura quadrata, the contents quire by a different scribe from the remainder, and with some corrections, probably reflecting in-production changes of plan or situation.  Punctuation by mid point.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.
 

Hours of the Virgin, Use of Rome.

MS Number: 
MS 94
France, s. xv2.

MS 94, fol.7 Vellum (usually HSOS).  Fols ii + 153 (numbered fols 1-152, but an unnumbered leaf follows fol. 52) + i (also numbered fol. 152).  Fols 38, 42, 46, and 55 are modern replacements for illuminated leaves excised at the openings of Terce, Sext, None, and Compline, respectively, the text supplied in a French hand, s. xvii.  Overall 182 mm x 130 mm (writing area 110 mm x 75 mm).  In long lines, 16 lines to the page.  Occasional signs of prick-holes at very top of folios, in line with vertical borders; bounded and ruled in red and reddish brown ink.  Written in gothic textura quadrata (perhaps not French but Flemish?).  Punctuation by occasional point.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.
 

Vulgate Bible

MS Number: 
MS 105
England (Oxford?), s. xiii med. and ex.

Vellum (FSOS).  Fols 373 + ii (numbered fols 374-75).  Overall 300 mm x 210 mm.  In double columns, each column 194 mm x 55 mm, with 13 mm between columns, usually in 56 lines to the column.  No prickings; bounded and ruled in black ink (the Hebrew Names, in a different hand, in brown crayon).  Written in gothic textura semiquadrata, below top line; item 2 is written in textura semiquadrata, s. xiii ex.  Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and punctus interrogativus.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.

Vulgate Bible

MS Number: 
MS 106
England, s. xiii ex.

Vellum (HSOS).  Fols iii (numbered -, i, 1) + 363 (numbered fols 2-363, but an unnumbered leaf after fol. 308) + ii (numbered 364-65).  Overall 290 mm x 175 mm.  In double columns, each column 205 mm x 50+ mm, with 10 mm between columns, in 60 lines to the column. Very intermittent signs of full pricking in outer margin and of seven prick-holes at lower edge of leaves, in line with vertical borders; bounded and ruled in black ink.  Written in gothic textura quadrata.  Punctuation by point only.
 

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.

Nicholas Cantilupe, Historiola, and associated documents concerning the University of Cambridge

MS Number: 
MS 138
England, s. xv3/4.

Vellum (HSOS).  Fols iii + 8 + xii; fols 2-8v are numbered pp. 635-48 in an early modern hand.  Overall 290 mm x 195 mm.  In double columns, each column 183 mm x 62-63 mm, with 10 mm between columns, in 38 lines to the column.  Prickings; bounded and ruled in brown ink.  Written in secretary.  Punctuation by point only.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.
 

Ordinances of the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception.

MS Number: 
MS 179
London by a French scribe, 1503 and 1503 x 1517.

Vellum (HSOS).  Fols 7.  Overall 331 mm x 245 mm (writing area 211 mm x 153 mm).  In long lines, 33 lines to the page (excepting fol. 2r which has 32).  Prickings; bounded and ruled in red ink.  Written in French bastard secretary (lettre bâtarde), probably one scribe for item 1 and a second for the remainder (item 3 perhaps a third hand) [see Update].  Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and virgula, occasional double point on fol. 2r-v, point only thereafter.  The MS appears as Watson, DMO, no. 764 (1:126), on the basis that the first six leaves must date from the foundation of the fraternity in 1503; the final one, however, may have been added as late as 1517.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.

Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.
 

Statutes of Cardinal College, Oxford

MS Number: 
339 (Christ Church Archives, D&C vi.c.6)
Westminster, 1525

Vellum (HSOS and FSOS).  Fols i + 123 (numbered fols ii-ix, 1-115) + iii (numbered fols 116-18).  An original foliation for fols 1-114.  Stab-bound with a heavy cord above the sews.  Overall 370 mm x 255 mm (writing area 210 mm x 150 mm).  In long lines, between 26 and 28 lines to the page.  Frequent signs of pricking the length of the written space, often just the inner impression along the leading edge; bounded and ruled in violet (sometimes red) ink.  Written in bastard secretary (anglicana d), with frequent display textura to introduce clauses.  Punctuation by occasional point and punctus elevatus.

For detailed descriptions, see attachments.
Christ Church retains the copyright and any publication right in the photographs.
 

Augustine, four works.

MS Number: 
MS M.1.10.
England, s. xii med.

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