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A Roman Breviary, with some Missal offices, Written in about A.D. 1400 in two hands, near Naples

MS. Canon. Liturg. 339
Held at the Weston Library

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A Roman Breviary, with some Missal offices, consisting of:

  1. A Calendar (fol. 1)
  2. Miscellaneous pieces from the Missal and Manual (fol. 6)
  3. The Psalter with canticles and litany (fol. 14)
  4. 'Officium de Corpore Christi editum a sancto Thoma de Aquino ... de mandato domini Vrbani pape iiii' (fol. 64v)
  5. 'Breuiarium per circuitum anni', the Proprium de Tempore (fol. 82)
  6. Proprium Sanctorum (fol. 202v)
  7. Commune Sanctorum (fol. 257)
  8. Commune Sanctorum of a Missal, with similar matter (fol. 267)
  9. Some supplementary masses (fol. 275)

The first hand occupies fols. 82-266: the second, which is slightly later, the rest: there are musical notes. The Calendar contains several local entries such as:

  1. Stt. Tammarus (Jan. 16)
  2. Barbatus in red (Feb. 19)
  3. Bernard in red (Mar. 12)
  4. Rosius (May 15)
  5. 'Translacio s. Martini de Monte Marsico' in red (June 26)
  6. Reparata in red (Oct. 8)
  7. Lupulus (Oct. 16)

These and other indications point to the district just north of Naples (Capua, Sessa, and Benevento). The translation of st. Martin was to Carinola (Calenum), but he was honoured there on Aug. 3 and Oct. 24, not June 26, and his office on fol. 226 is not conspicuous, st. Bernard bp. of Carinola was buried and honoured at Capua: he and st. Reparata, but not st. Martin, occur in the litany.


  • Creation: Written in about A.D. 1400 in two hands, near Naples


284 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Canon. Liturg. 339

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. 19425

Custodial History

On fol. iv '... istud breuiarium recuperaui Ego Ladislaus comes Ρurçilliarum decanus Aquilegensis ab eo alienatum et non solum istud breuiarium sed cartas in quibus ... die xi. mensis Decembris 1449:' and 'Iste liber non descritus est in numero aliorum qui sunt descriti in aduentario. Ladislaus.'.


  • See Frere, Bibl. Mus.-Liturgy p. 19, and Weale's Catal. of Music Loan Exhibition (1886), p. 9.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in double columns


11 × 7 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom