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Gospel Lectionary: MS 88-1972

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Gospel Lectionary




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 56 fols., numerous leaves lost
A 320 x 222 mm (222 x 165 mm), two columns, 27 lines, ruled in hard point, pricking in upper and lower margins, neumes added on fol. 12r
B 320 x 222 mm (235 x 145 mm), two columns, 27 lines, ruled in hard point, pricking in outer margins

BINDING: contemporary, alum tawed leather over bevelled wooden boards, sewn on four double supports laced into boards and secured with wooden pegs, head and tail endbands, nail and remains of leather strap on upper cover, remains of nail in centre of lower cover (Sheppard 2005)

SECUNDO FOLIO: [D]om[in]ic[a] prima de adventu d[omi]ni. Excita

SCRIPT: Caroline minuscule

fol. 1r List of relics at Shrewsbury (twelfth-century addition; transcribed in Wormald and Giles 1982, 569)

A Gospel Lectionary with collects and homilies (fragment)
fols. 2r-31v Temporal from the first Sunday in Advent to the Sunday after Pentecost
fols. 32r-39r Sanctoral from December to May and from September to December
fols. 39r-43r Common of Saints
fol. 43r Dedication of a church

B Gospel Lectionary with collects (fragment)
fols. 44r-51r Sanctoral from December to July (ends imperfectly)
fols. 52r-56r Temporal from the second Sunday after Pentecost to the Sunday before Advent (begins imperfectly, numerous lacunae)

Red, green or blue initials [2-6 ll.] with occasional arabesque terminals or abstract infill in the same or alternate colours (e.g. fols. 18v, 42r), the bowls of some initials enclosing a letter indicating an abbreviation (e.g. fols. 18v, 34r, 46r); red or green one-line initials (only in B); the first line of text following an initial is highlighted in yellow (only in A, fols. 2r-20v).


History note: At Shrewsbury after 1138, when the list of relics was added (fol. 1r); James Bowen, 1745 (ownership inscription, fol. 1r), who assembled a collection on the history of Shropshire; Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his MS 3624 (inscribed in pencil on fol. 1r, label with printed number on spine), acquired c.1828; pressmark ‘a.24.339’ pencilled inside upper cover; pressmark ‘D/V/14’ pencilled inside upper cover and on fol. 1r; acquired by Francis Wormald (1904-1972) before 24 February 1948 (ex-info N. Ker, letter kept on file), his MS 3 (his signature and number 3 written in ink on fol. 1r); presented to the Museum by Mrs Wormald in 1972 in accordance with her late husband’s wishes.

Legal notes

Presented by Mrs Francis Wormald

Place(s) associated

  • Canterbury ⪼ South East ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972) by Wormald, Francis, Mrs


11th-12th Century
1075 - 1125


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of iron gall ink gold
Text (A) Height 222 mm Width 165 mm
Text (B) Height 235 mm Width 145 mm
Page (A, B) Height 320 mm Width 222 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [D]om[in]ic[a] prima de adventu d[omi]ni. Excita
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 88-1972
Primary reference Number: 207636
Project ID: 1186
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Created: Friday 15 January 2016 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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