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Monastic Hours and other offices for a Benedictine nunnery, Written in the 11th century in Dalmatia

MS. Canon. Liturg. 277

  • Request

Monastic Hours and other offices for a Benedictine nunnery, with additions, the chief parts of which are:

  1. A calendar (fol. 4)
  2. '...Orationes ad sanctam Crucem adorandam' (fol. 20)
  3. Hours of the Trinity (fol. 26)
  4. Hours of the Virgin (fol. 58, cf. 88: the first leaf lost)
  5. Suffrages at the end of Lauds (fol. 65v)
  6. Hours possibly (Mr. Frere suggests) of the Angels (fol. 106)
  7. Prayers (fol. 134), etc

The handwriting is Lombardic. Among the additions (generally within the 12th cent.) are many obits in the calendar (e.g. Adilberga, Apr. 16: Dabrus abb., Apr. 25: 'Obitus Altasie ysoris [uxoris] Petri de Barce', July 10: Pribiza monacha, July 23), 'Visio beatj Pauli apostoli' beg. 'Oportet nos, fratres karissimi', about purgatory: fol. 147v), a hymn written before the 'Visio', beginning 'Letabunda ac iocunda facie | Huniuersus populus Dalmacie | Quas Rosata abbatissa ad honorem semper candens splendide..', (fol. 150v).

Musical notes occur in the additions. Leaves are lost after fols. 57, 87, 88, 90, 105, 146.


  • Creation: Written in the 11th century in Dalmatia


157 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Canon. Liturg. 277

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no. 19379

Physical Facet

On parchment, with small miniatures, illuminated capitals, etc.


5 5/8 × 4 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom