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Gospel Lectionary and Collectar




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 161 fols., 251 x 170 (150 x 116) mm, 17 – 18 long lines, ruled in plummet, neums (fols. 10v – 12r), red and white silk curtains extant on fols. 3v, 18v, 49v, 51v, 64r, traces of stitching above most other miniatures and initials.

BINDING: twelfth century, red leather over thick wooden boards, sewn on 3 supports, traces of two clasps on lower cover, holes on upper cover left after removal of metal and jewelled ornaments

CONTENTS: fols. 1v – 78r Gospel readings for the feast days of the combined Temporal and Sanctoral fols. 78r – 97r Gospel readings for the Common of Saints; fols. 97r – 99v Gospel readings for Masses of the Trinity, the Cross, the Virgin and the Dead; fols. 100r – 113r Collects for the combined Temporal and Sanctoral; fols. 113v – 152v Gospel readings for the Sundays of the year
fols. 153r – 160r Collects for the Sundays of the year.

DECORATION: Twelve full-page framed miniatures on gold grounds for major feast days: fol. 2r Annunciation; fol. 2v Nativity; fol. 3r Adoration of the Magi; fol. 3v Presentation in the Temple (for the Purification of the Virgin); fol. 18v Entry into Jerusalem; fol. 29v Entombment (for Good Friday); fol. 39r Resurrection; fol. 49v Ascension; fol. 51v Pentecost; fol. 64r Dormition of the Virgin; fol. 68v Nativity of the Virgin; fol. 77r Jacob’s dream of the heavenly ladder (for the Dedication of a Church, image inspired by the reference to Jacob’s ladder in the final verse of the processional hymn for that ceremony).

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initials [2 – 8 ll.] formed of foliage, human figures, animals, birds on blue and green grounds; red initials [1 – 2 ll.]; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797 – 1878), Ashburnham Appendix no. XVI; purchased from him by Henry Yates Thompson (1838 – 1928) in May 1897; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 1 May 1899, lot 176; purchased by Frank McClean (1837 – 1904); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Windberg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


12th Century#
Circa 1170 CE - Circa 1180 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [ge]nuit dauid regem
  • Location: Fol. 5
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 22
Primary reference Number: 170696
Project ID: 13
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 November 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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