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Detailed record for Egerton 945

Title Miscellaneous Offices, Prayers, etc. including the Three Living and Three Dead
Origin France, S.
Date last quarter of the 13th century
Language Latin and French (Norman and Provençal or Occitan)
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration 5 large historiated initials in colours and gold extending to form a partial border (ff. 43, 214, 225, 237v, 288). 31 other smaller historiated initials in colours and gold with faces, extending to form a partial border (ff. 19, 98, 109, 168v, 172, 174v, 177, 188v, 196, 196v, 200, 214v, 215, 216, 221, 222v, 228, 234v, 235, 235v, 236, 239v, 241, 242v, 244, 248v, 260, 265, 270, 271, 287). Initials in colours and gold extending to form a partial border; many with hybrids, rabbits, dogs, birds, animal heads, knights jousting, or an archer shooting an arrow at a bird. Rubrics in gold. Small initials in blue with red penwork decoration or in gold with purple penwork decoration. Paraphs in blue or gold. Line-fillers in blue or pink and white.
Dimensions in mm 115 x 80 (80 x 55)
Official foliation ff. 328 (+ 5 unfoliated paper and 2 parchment leaves at the beginning, and 3 paper flyleaves at the end + 2 unfoliated parchment leaves after f. 244, and one after ff. 287 and 321)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Presumably made for the Franciscan (?) nun depicted in several initials; the litany (ff. 230-231v) includes Francis, Dominic, and Claire; prayers include feminine forms (e.g., 'mihi peccatrice' (f. 261). Figures on horseback in a bas-de-page scene (f. 237v) wear heraldic surcoats.
Added prayers in various hands in Latin and in Provencal France, using femine forms (ff. 1-11; 322-329v).
Bought from Payne and Foss on 23 July 1842 by the British Museum, using the Farnborough Fund (£3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Notes Musical notation on red four-line staves (ff. 172-213v) or on red 5-line staves (ff. 288-321v).
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), 1842, p. 106.

Clovis Brunel, Bibliographie des manuscrits littéraires en ancien provençal, Société de publications romanes et françaises, 13 (Paris: Librairie E. Droz, 1935), no. 16.

Augustus Hughes-Hughes, Catalogue of Manuscript Music in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1906-1965), I, 255.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 6.

Manuscripts of Polyphonic Music, 11th - Early 14th Century, ed. by Gilbert Reaney, Répertoire international des sources musicales, BIV 1 (Munich: G. Henle, 1966), pp. 498-501.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), p. 458


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Nuns and monks

f. 214
Nuns and monks
Christ displaying his wounds

f. 225
Christ displaying his wounds
Christ displaying his wounds

f. 237v
Christ displaying his wounds
 

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