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Psalter, written perhaps in the second quarter of the 11th cent. in England

MS. Douce 296

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A Psalter, with:

  1. (fol. 105v) Canticles : 'Finiunt Psalmi Dauid ... Incipiunt Cantici ...'
  2. (fol. 115) creeds
  3. (fol. 117) litany
  4. prayers

Preceded by a calendar, with memorial lines, etc. (fol. 1), and tables. At fol. 121v begin a long series of prayers, one to st. Benedict, which make it clear that the volume was written for the use of a Benedictine monk. It is hardly doubtful that the Abbey was that of Peterborough (stt. Eadburga, Kyneburga, Kyneswitha & Tibba are in the calendar & litany, stt. Peter and Guthlac are doubled in the litany, and stt. Florentinus and Osgitha occur: and also 'Sancta Toua' (of Thorney), and (both in calendar, at Jan. 8, and in litany) 'Sancta Pega' of Croyland and Peakirk. 'Passio sancti Ælfeahi archiepiscopi' (d. 1012: on Apr. 19) is in the original hand. A set of hour-services ('Cursus de Sancta Trinitate'), imperfect after part of Sext, is added in a rather later hand. See Waagen's Art Treasures (1854), iii. 90, Westwood's Anglo-Saxon Miniatures (1868), p. 122.

In the 12th cent. the MS. seems to have reached the Cluniac monastery of st. Pancras at Lewes ('Obiit Lanzo prior de sancto Pancratio', Apr. 1: 'Obiit Hugo Cluniacensis abbas', Apr. 28, etc., with Anselm's obit at Apr. 21).

Two letters from H. Petrie (Apr. 21 & 25, 1829), and notes by John Jackson, F.S.A., J. O. Westwood and E. S. Ffoulkes are at the beginning.

[The calendar contains obits of the family of Edward the Confessor, and I suggest that the MS. was written at or for Ely: see a note by me at the end of the present volume. E.W.B.N.].


  • Creation: written perhaps in the second quarter of the 11th cent. in England


133 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 296

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 21870

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, with fine illuminated B and full-page miniature of Christ treading on a lion and dragon at fol. 40 after ps. 50 (51), cf. fol. 40v, capitals are in gold, red, green, and blue


10 3/4 × 7 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom