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Saints' Lives: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 12

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Current Location: In storage


Saints' Lives




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermarks cf. Briquet nos. 1875, 9173), ii modern paper flyleaves + 191 fols. (contemporary foliation i – iii, iii – cxiii, unfoliated leaf, cxiiii – cxxi, unfoliated leaf, cxxii – cxxiii, unfoliated leaf, cxxiiii – clxi, repeated clxi – clxx, repeated clxx – clxxxvi) + ii modern paper flyleaves, 279 x 199 (193 – 197 x 142 – 149) mm, 2 columns, 39 – 43 lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords, leaf lost between fols. 181 – 182.

BINDING: nineteenth century, dark blue morocco over pasteboards, blind-stamped centre and edge design

CONTENTS: fols. 2r – 183r Saints’ lives; fol. 183r Prayer for the scribe, O soueraine boniteit douls Ihesucrist; fols. 183v – 187r Athanasian Creed, Quicumque vult, with commentary, Hic beatus Anastasius (sic) librum arbitrium posuit; fol. 187r Creed of St Gregory ; fols. 187v – 189r Description of the churches of Rome and their indulgences, In civitate romana sunt cccclxviij ecclesie inter qas sunt septem principales; fols. 189r – 190r Suffrage and Collects of St Sebastian for use in times of plague; fol. 190r–v Life of St Lawrence, Beatus Laurentius Christi martir et leuita; fols. 190v – 191v Miracles of St Laurence, Templum erat in quodam loco beati Laurentii reliquiis; fol. 191v De privilegiis beati Laurentii, Habet archileuita Laurentius inter ceteros martires tria privilegia (ends imperfectly).

ORNAMENTATION: Blue penwork initial [L, 6 ll.] with red pen-flourished infill and extension (fol. 2r); red or blue penwork initials [2 – 4 ll.] with occasional reserved ornament; red paragraph marks; capitals highlighted in red; cadelles in top line of text highlighted in red and occasionally incorporating faces.


History note: Wife of Jean de Creusif and their son, Jean de Creusif (fifteenth-century ownership inscription, fol. 1r); Stavelot Abbey (fifteenth-century inscription, fol. 1r); sale of the Stavelot Library, Ghent, 25 January 1847, lot 20; Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1784 – 1855); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797 – 1878), Barrois Collection, no. 471; Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840 – 1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 – 14 June 1901, lot 528; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849 – 1919); his gift, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Stavelot ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Mid-Late#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1490 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Text Height 193–197 mm Width 142-149 mm
Page Height 279 mm Width 199 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: clameur nulle
  • Location: Fol. 3
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 12
Primary reference Number: 170644
Project ID: 1207
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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