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A Benedictine Breviary, Written in or soon after 1154, at or near Würzburg

MS. Canon. Liturg. 297

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A Benedictine Breviary, consisting of:
  1. A calendar with calendarial tables from 1154 to 1186 (fol. 3)
  2. Proprium de Tempore (fol. 11)
  3. Proprium Sanctorum (fol. 189)
  4. Commune Sanctorum (fol. 262v)
  5. Hymnal (fol. 302) with canticles, litany, the Psalter of St. Jerome, etc.
  6. Psalter in shortened form (fol. 329b)
  7. At fol. 10v is a pen-and-ink figure of St. John writing his gospel
The calendar (Feb. 2, July 8 and 15, Oct. 14) points to Würzburg, and perhaps, as Frere suggests (Bibl. Mus.-Liturg., p. 34), to a house of St. Felicitas (July 10). The MS. was carried into Italy in the 15th cent., where numerous additions were made to the calendar, an Italian hymn to the Virgin added (fol. 301v), etc. See nos. 19245, 19408, 19414, 19426, 19432, 19441. There are musical notes.


  • Written in or soon after 1154, at or near Würzburg


360 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Canon. Liturg. 297

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. 19395

Related Materials

MSS. Canon. Liturg. 35, 319, 325, 340, 346, 355

Physical Facet

On parchment


8 7/8 × 6 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom