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Missal: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 3

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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 74 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 230 x 165 (180 – 195 x 127 – 120) mm, 18 – 20 long lines, ruled in brown ink, neumes between text lines and on four-line staves ruled in brown and red ink, leaves lost after fols. 34 and 47, fol. 35 blank modern parchment leaf, textal additions on parchment inserts (fols. 28 – 29, 36 – 37).

BINDING: eighteenth century, gold-tooled red morocco over wooden boards.

CONTENTS: fol. 1r Poem on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30 – 37), Quidam venit ad Ihesum legis peritorum, followed by interpretation in prose, Adam fuit homo; fols. 1v – 2r Ordo Missae (later thirteenth-century addition)
fols. 2r – 6r Prefaces; fols. 6r – 11v Canon of the Mass (with alterations and marginal additions); fols. 11v – 24v Temporal from Christmas to feast of St Stephen (ends imperfectly), Proper with musical notation in neumes; fols. 25r – 27r Exorzismus salis et aque (addition); fols. 27r – 32v Masses for the dead (with collects for the dead added on smaller, inserted bifolio, fols. 28 – 29); fols. 32v – 37r Votive masses for the Cross and the Virgin from the Purification to Easter (with added mass for a priest and collects for the Virgin on smaller, inserted sheets, fols. 36 – 37); fols. 38r – 56r Sanctoral from Purification to feast of St Nicholas (with added musical notation in neumes); fols. 56r – 65v Common of Saints; fol. 66r – v Mass of St Godehard; fols. 67r – 72r Prefaces with musical notation on four-line stave; fols. 72v – 73v Mass for time of pestilence (addition)
fols. 74r – 74v Masses for the dead, Nicene Creed, prayers at vesting, Mass of St Barbara (additions in different hands).

DECORATION: Large framed miniature on gold ground for the Canon of the Mass: fol. 6r Crucifixion.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue pen-flourished initials [2 – 4 ll.].


History note: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Barrois (1784 – 1855); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797 – 1878), Barrois Collection, no. 147; Bertram, fifth earl of Ashburnham (1840 – 1913); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 – 14 June 1901, lot 407; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849 – 1919); his gift, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Hildesheim ⪼ Lower Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1904) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Thirteenth century, first quarter
Circa 1200 CE - 1225 1225 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment Text: Height 180–195 mm Width 127–120 mm
Page: Height 230 mm Width 165 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: tum fiat omnipotenti
  • Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Charles Fairfax Murray 3
Primary reference Number: 170642
Project ID: 125
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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