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A Benedictine Sacramentary, Written in the 12th and 14th century in central and North Italy (?)

MS. Canon. Liturg. 345
Held at the Weston Library

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A Benedictine Sacramentary, perhaps written in the first half of the 12th cent. in Tuscany (Torpes of Pisa, Apr. 29, Mustiola of Chiusi, July 3, etc.), with an imperfect calendar (Apr.-Sept. only) and end. The Ordinary of the Mass begins on fol. 11, the Canon on fol. 14: the latter contains the ancient and unusual words 'tam uenerande natiuitatis quam beate passionis', on fol. 15v.

There is a peculiar 'Ordo uel denuntiatio' connected with the baptismal service (fol. 42), containing seven 'scrutinia' of the catechumens, the Nicene Creed in Greek and Latin (fols. 53, 53v), and the Apostles' Creed in a short old Roman form (fol. 57), with short expositions.

There are musical notes in parts. Fols. 180-1 are fragments of a 14th cent. law book.


  • Creation: Written in the 12th and 14th century in central and North Italy (?)


183 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Canon. Liturg. 345

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. 19431

Custodial History

In the second half of the 13th cent. an addition was made on fol. 77v 'atque uenerabili Petro Pino episcopo Castellano [d. 1253]. Seu etiam inclito duci nostro', which points to Venice. In the first half of the 14th cent. (?) the book was turned by marginal additions into a Venetian missal.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with some fine illuminated capitals (foll. 11v, 14, 85, etc.)


10 7/8 × 7 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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