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Detailed record for Additional 33381

Title A miscellany of religious tracts, offices, prayers and meditations in Latin, some connected with Ely priory, with 15th-century additions
Origin England, E. (?Ely)
Date First half of the 13th century to first half of the 15th century
Language Latin and English
Script Gothic
Decoration A full-page miniature in colours with a gold frame (f. 89v). A historiated initial in colours on a gold ground with a partial foliate border in red and blue with gold (f. 14). 3 large puzzle initials in red and blue with foliate decoration in red, green and brown (ff. 43, 128, 130v). Large puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in red or red and blue (ff. 51, 51v, 55, 60, 69, 72v, 111, 137v), one with a partial border (f.168). Tables and diagrams in red and blue (ff. 2v, 9, 9v, 187) or brown (ff. 186-186v). Numerous initials in blue with penwork decoration or pen-flourishing in red. Initials and line-fillers in red or blue. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 212 x 141 (142 x 85)
Official foliation ff.188 (f. 1 is a paper flyleaf + 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning, 1 following f. 13 and 4 at the end).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house (rebound in 1967). Old binding kept as Add. MS 33381/1 (formerly Add MS 33381 OLD COVERS)
Provenance The cathedral priory of St Peter and St Etheldreda, Ely: a calendar and litany with Ely saints (ff. 2v-9v) and obits of Ely abbots on f. 12; contemporary verses on Alan of Walsingham, former prior of Ely on f. 2.
Notes in English added in the 15th century (f. 15v).
Sir William Wray (d. 1617), member of Parliament, his name inscribed in the margin of the calendar (f. 8).
Alexander James Beresford Beresford-Hope (b. 1820, d. 1887), politician and author of Arklow House: his sale, Sotheby's, 8 June, 1888, lot 1469; bought by the British Museum for 25.
Notes This manuscript contains a collection of texts in Latin, some copied in the 13th century, some added in the 15th century. They include:
ff. 2: A metrical epitaph on Alan of Walsingham, Prior of Ely cathedral priory;
ff. 2v-9v: Calendar with Ely saints, preceded and followed by diagrams and tables;
f. 12-12v: Anniversaries observed at Ely, mostly of bishops down to John Hotham (d. 1337) and priors down to John de Buktone (d. 1397);
ff. 43-89: Meditations of Anselm;
f. 185-186: Notes on plants etc and fragments of Euclid.
A table of contents (ff. 10v-11), page numbering, catchwords and some rubrics have been added in the 15th century.
For detailed contents, see the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue at http://searcharchives.bl.uk.
Select bibliography The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, 1888-1893 (London: British Museum, 1894), pp. 9-11.

The Monastic Breviary of Hyde Abbey, Winchester: MSS. Rawlinson Liturg. e. 1*, and Gough Liturg. 8, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ed. by J. B. L. Tolhurst, Henry Bradshaw Society, 45-70, 6 vols (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1932-42), VI, p. 239.

English Benedictine Kalendars after A.D. 1100, Henry Bradshaw Society, LXXXI, ed. by F. Wormald, 2 vols (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1946), II Ely -St Neots, pp. 1-19.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 78.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), no. 562.

David M. Smith and Vera C. M. London, The Heads of Religious Houses, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), II England and Wales 1216-1377, p. 40.

David M. Smith The Heads of Religious Houses, 3 vols (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), III England and Wales 1377-1540, p. 39.

English Monastic Litanies of the Saints after 1100, ed. by Nigel J. Morgan (London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 2012), pp. 25, 108.

Wendy Scase, 'Looke this calendar and then proced: Tables of Contents in Medieval English Manuscripts', in The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript: Text Collections from a European Perspective, ed. by Karen Pratt, Bart Besamusca, Matthias Meyer and Ad Putter (Gottingen: Unipress Open Access, 2017), pp. 287-307 (pp. 297, 300) online at https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=tkMsDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA300&lpg=PA300&dq=Add+33381+manuscript&source=bl&ots=DG6NJbnct3&sig=WVNowfKaVIbmMuBalJp0W4XA6AM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiQ8-7N9KveAhVOyhoKHf6ABd0Q6AEwAnoECAIQAQ#v=onepage&q=Add%2033381%20manuscript&f=false [accessed 29.10.2018]


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Calendar page

f. 7
Calendar page
Christ

f. 14
Christ
Text page

f. 26
Text page
 
Puzzle initial

f. 43
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 111
Puzzle initial
Puzzle intial

f. 116
Puzzle intial
 
Puzzle initial

f. 128
Puzzle initial
Puzzle initial

f. 137v
Puzzle initial
Litany

f. 182v
Litany
 

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