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Missal: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 3

Object information

Current Location: In storage




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 74 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 230 x 165 (180 – 195 x 127 – 120) mm, 18 – 20 long lines, ruled in brown ink, neumes between text lines and on four-line staves ruled in brown and red ink, leaves lost after fols. 34 and 47, fol. 35 blank modern parchment leaf, textal additions on parchment inserts (fols. 28 – 29, 36 – 37).

BINDING: eighteenth century, gold-tooled red morocco over wooden boards.

CONTENTS: fol. 1r Poem on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30 – 37), Quidam venit ad Ihesum legis peritorum, followed by interpretation in prose, Adam fuit homo; fols. 1v – 2r Ordo Missae (later thirteenth-century addition)
fols. 2r – 6r Prefaces; fols. 6r – 11v Canon of the Mass (with alterations and marginal additions); fols. 11v – 24v Temporal from Christmas to feast of St Stephen (ends imperfectly), Proper with musical notation in neumes; fols. 25r – 27r Exorzismus salis et aque (addition); fols. 27r – 32v Masses for the dead (with collects for the dead added on smaller, inserted bifolio, fols. 28 – 29); fols. 32v – 37r Votive masses for the Cross and the Virgin from the Purification to Easter (with added mass for a priest and collects for the Virgin on smaller, inserted sheets, fols. 36 – 37); fols. 38r – 56r Sanctoral from Purification to feast of St Nicholas (with added musical notation in neumes); fols. 56r – 65v Common of Saints; fol. 66r – v Mass of St Godehard; fols. 67r – 72r Prefaces with musical notation on four-line stave; fols. 72v – 73v Mass for time of pestilence (addition)
fols. 74r – 74v Masses for the dead, Nicene Creed, prayers at vesting, Mass of St Barbara (additions in different hands).

DECORATION: Large framed miniature on gold ground for the Canon of the Mass: fol. 6r Crucifixion.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue pen-flourished initials [2 – 4 ll.].


History note: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1784 – 1855); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797 – 1878), Barrois Collection, no. 147; Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840 – 1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 – 14 June 1901, lot 407; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849 – 1919); his gift, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Hildesheim ⪼ Lower Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


13th Century, Early#
Circa 1200 CE - 1225 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 180–195 mm Width 127–120 mm
Page Height 230 mm Width 165 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: tum fiat omnipotenti
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 3
Primary reference Number: 170642
Project ID: 125
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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