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A roll of incantations and prayers consisting chiefly of three long lines

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MS. e Mus. 245

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A roll of incantations and prayers consisting chiefly of three long lines, the first and third being incantations and prayers, and the middle one mostly excerpts from the four Sequentiae or Capitula from the Gospels, all in Latin. Above and below these are fanciful names of God and of spirits, the Tetragrammaton, etc., and figures and diagrams occur at intervals in all the lines, some containing weird forms of letters.

The wrapper is part of a parchment deed settling certain estates of sir William Cecil, earl of Salisbury (d. 1668), and mentioning Ashperton, Stretton Grandison, and Yarkhill, all in Herefordshire.

Dates

  • Written in the 16th century in England

Extent

1 roll

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. e Mus. 245, fols. 1-2]
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Shelfmark:

MS. e Mus. 245

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18206

Overview

A roll of incantations and prayers consisting chiefly of three long lines

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Cecil (1591-1668) was 2nd Earl of Salisbury.

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. II, no. 3550

Custodial History

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (60)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The roll first appears in Bodleian lists about 1655.

Physical Facet

On parchment

Dimensions

24 pieces of parchment measuring about 48 ft. 8 in. x 5 in., with a wrapper piece 25 x 5 in., all in a cloth box 6 x 3 3/4 sq. in.
Title
A roll of incantations and prayers consisting chiefly of three long lines
Status
Completed
Date
EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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