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Missal: MS 34

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Current Location: In storage




MS 34, Fitzwilliam Missal

This missal, containing all the texts for the Christian Mass throughout the year, was produced in York c.1470 for the Fitzwilliam family. Medieval books were expensive to produce, as materials like parchment, pigments and gold were very costly, as was the expert labour to produce both the texts and illustrations.

Medieval books also held sentimental and religious value and were often passed down through the generations. This book remained in the Fitzwilliam family for centuries, and many owners wrote their names on the flyleaves or annotated the Calendar at the beginning of the book. In 1816 it was bequeathed to the University of Cambridge by Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam (1745-1816), as part of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s founding collection.


History note: Cent. xv (cir. 1470). Preserved in Lord Fitzwilliam's family since that date. The last Lord Fitzwilliam recorded his name on the fly-leaf in 1768 and had the MS rebound (by Simier) in 1807.

Place(s) associated

  • England ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


15th century
1465 - 1479

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 34
Primary reference Number: 239393
Project ID: 295
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Created: Friday 15 November 2019 Updated: Monday 9 August 2021 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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