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Current Location: In storage






Parchment, ii modern paper flyleaves + 161 fols. (fols. 1-149 have late medieval foliation i-xvii, xxvi-lxxix, iiiixx-iiiixxii, iiiixxxi (misbound), iiiixxvi-iiiixvii, iiiixxxv-cii, viixxxvii-viixxxix, viiixxi, viiixxiii-ixxxxii, ixxxxiiii-iiccix, iiccxi-iiccxxiiii) + ii modern paper flyleaves, 320 x 240 mm (254 x 199 mm), two columns, 39 lines, ruled in hard point (except fols. 149-161, 265 x 193 mm, 33-34 lines, ruled in hard point and crayon), fol. 1 cut in half vertically, fol. 77 misbound between fols. 74 and 75, leaves lost after fols. 17, 74, 76, 77, 85, 86, 88, 89, 119, 135, 144, 148.

BINDING: nineteenth century, probably French (spine lining from French daily newspaper), purple velvet over wooden boards

SECUNDO FOLIO: testimonium ferimus

SCRIPT: Caroline minuscule

fols. 1r-161v Passions, Lives and Sermons for Saints, including readings for the Invention and Exaltation of the Cross (fols. 6r-12r, 140v-142r)

Foliate and geometric initials [4-28 ll.] in red, green and yellow, with occasional reserved abstract ornament, simple interlace, beads, faces or masks, in stems or as infill (e.g. fols. 32r, 42r, 72r, 129r); red and green foliate or abstract line-fillers (fols. 100v, 103v), capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Sixteenth-century ownership inscription, Frere iehein percaul bensis (fol. 7r); inscriptions ‘Aug. 1852’ and ‘Catal. A’ (verso of first paper flyleaf at front); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797-1878), Ashburnham Appendix no. XC; Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840-1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 1 May 1899, lot 41; purchased by Frank McClean (1837-1904); his bequest, 1904.

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Bequeathed by Frank McClean

Place(s) associated

  • Angers ⪼ Loire ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


11th Century
Circa 1025 - Circa 1075


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 254 mm Width 199 mm
Text (fols. 149-161) Height 265 mm Width 199 mm
Page Height 320 mm Width 240 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 100
Primary reference Number: 207639
Project ID: 37
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Created: Monday 18 January 2016 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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