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Secular psalter, written in about the middle of the 12th cent. in England

MS. Douce 293
Held at the Weston Library

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A Psalter, preceded by a calendar (fol. 1v), with:

  1. (fol. 126) canticles
  2. (fol. 134v) Athanasian Creed
  3. (fol. 136a) litany.

Stt. Oswald and Cuthbert are honoured in the litany: in the calendar, which contains several Netherland saints, is st. Kentigern (Jan. 13), and stt. Botulph and Etheldreda are added (June 17 & 23). On the whole the N. or N.E. of England would seem to be the district pointed to by these indications. As st. Arnulph is in the calendar, and not st. Thomas of Canterbury, the date would seem to be between 1121 and 1173. The writing is in three colours used in successive lines, red, green and blue. On fols. 8-15 are 16 full-page miniatures illustrating the Life of Christ in a bold, antique and rather rough style, English or Norman. There are also large illuminated capitals. Pss. 90-92 (89-91) are added in red at fol. 137v. [The only British saints honoured both in calendar and in litany are Alban, K. Oswald, Cuthbert, and K. Eadmund. Of these only Cuthbert is twice commemorated in the calendar. Oswald comes next to Stephen and Linus among the many martyrs in the litany. These facts and the splendour of the MS. lead me to believe that it is a Durham book. E.W.B.N.].


  • Creation: written in about the middle of the 12th cent. in England


147 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 293

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 21867

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment, large illuminated capitals, 16 full page miniatures


10 3/4 × 7 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom