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England, s. XVIin
1. ff. 3-4: [added in a later hand] Et nunc sequimur…multitudinem misericordie tue. [f. 3v:] Amo christum…cum accepero virgo sum. [ff. 4v-6v, blank]
Antiphon and response for the Consecration of Virgins; text printed by J. W. Legg, ed., The Processional of the Nuns of Chester. HBS 18 (London 1899) p. 1, footnote, from this manuscript; for the ceremony, see W. Maskell, Monumenta Ritualia Ecclesiae Anglicanae (Oxford 1882) 3:340-41.
2. ff. 7-70: Processions for the temporale and the sanctorale combined, ending with the procession for the dedication of a church.
Legg, 1-18.
3. ff. 70v-71v: Qui creavit celum lully lu…Det nobis sua gaudia byby byby by. [followed by a verse and the prayer:] Concede quesumus omnipotens deus ut nos unigeniti tui nova…
Christmas carol; Legg, 18-19, with plates of these 3 pages.
4. ff. 71v-72: On shere thursday this antym, Domine iesus postquam cenavit…[with verses and the prayer:] Adesto domine ihesu christe officio nostre servitutis…
Legg, 19.
5. ff. 72-76v: [Prayers to follow compline] This payer [sic] folowing shalbe saide afftur complen, Ave sponsa incorrupta…with Pater noster and verses; Gaude dei genitrix virgo immaculata…; Ave regina celorum…with verses and responses; prayers to the Trinity, the Cross, the Holy Spirit, the Virgin, All Saints, for peace, for the king, 8 prayers for the dead; This shalbe said every night afftur antym oracio, Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui divina gabrielis salutacione…; Afftur complen oracio, Tribue quesumus domine omnes sanctos tuos…; a prayer to the Cross, 2 to the Virgin.
Legg, 19-23.
6. ff. 76v-78: [Benedictions for the 3 nocturns] Meritis et precibus beatissime dei genitricis virginis marie…; [Benedictions of the Virgin for the 3 nocturns:] Precibus et meritis. Mater misericordie aperiat nobis ianuam…
Legg, 24-25.
7. f. 78r-v: Of our lady antyms, Beata dei genitrix…; Descendi in ortum meum…; Virgo hodie fidelis…
Legg, 25.
8. f. 79r-v: [space for rubric on f. 78v left blank] Rex seculorum quem laudat universa substancia rerum…; Dominica infra octavam corporis christi antiphona, O sacrum convivium in quo christus sumitur…
Legg, 25.
9. f. 80: [Antiphons to the Virgin] Maria virgo semper letare…; Ave o theotecos…; Aula maria dei casta titulusque pudoris…
Legg, 25.
10. ff. 80-85v: Prayers in English as follow: A Deuote prayer, O blessed ihesu hyghe heuens kynge…[IMEV 2931; Legg, 26-27]; A praier to the goode Angell, O swete angell to me soo deere…[IMEV 2560; Legg, 27; C. Brown, Religious Lyrics of the Fifteenth Century, Oxford 1939, p. 205 from this manuscript with verse and the prayer:] O my lorde Ihesu crist as it hathe pleasede the to Assigne an Angell…; A deuoute prayer, O Ihesu to all thy true louers…[IMEV 2474; Legg, 28; Brown, pp. 101-02 from this manuscript]; A goode praier, O Ihesu lett me neuer forgett thy byttur passion…[IMEV 2471; Legg, 28; Brown, p. 148 from this manuscript]; O Swete ihesu gyve me thy loue and grace for to keepe thy commaundments. Pater noster. Ave maria…O Gloriouse Ihesu, O mekest Ihesu, O moste sweetest Ihesu, I pray the that I may haue trew confession…[5 invocations to Jesus, each with a Pater noster and an Ave Maria, followed by a prayer; Legg, 29]; A goode praier, O the moste swetest spouse of my sowle criste Ihesu desyryng heretely euermore for to be with the…[Legg, 29-30]; Carmen christo Ihesu, Iesu swete now wyll I syng…[IMEV 3238; Legg, 30-33]. This booke longeth to Dame Margery Byrkenhed of Chestre. 11. f. 85v: [added in a different hand; a petition for acceptance into the community] Ego precor dominum nostrum Iesum cristum…
Legg, 34.
12. f. 86: [added in a different cursive hand] Omnipotens sempiterne deus nos famulos tuos dextera potencie tue…[f. 86v, blank]
Legg, 34.
Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + 86 (the first 6 and the last 1 are contemporary flyleaves included in the foliation) + ii (modern paper); 200 × 140 (119 × 89) mm. 16(flyleaves) 28 38(+8) 48 58(+5) 68(+8) 78(+6) 88(+4) 98(6 is a contemporary replacement, attached to the tab of its “conjunct”)108 112(+3, f. 86, flyleaf). Catchwords in the lower right corner; the catchword of quire 2 in an ink frame; quire and leaf signatures in letters and roman numerals. 7 lines of text and music through most of the volume; 21 long lines in prose sections. Vertical bounding lines in ink; horizontal lines in lead, except in quire 2 where the top and bottom bounding lines are also in ink; the top line of music and text written above the bounding line; slash pricking in the 3 outer margins. Written in a textura script; art. 10 written in a contemporary bastard/secretary script; music on red 4-line staves. Major initials, 5- to 4-line, on ff. 7 (opening of text, Sundays in Advent), 12v (Twelfth Day) and 22 (St. Benedict’s Day), parted red and blue with flourishing of both colors in a possible imitation of thirteenth century work; secondary initials, 3- to 2-line, alternating blue with red flourishing or red with tan; the flourishing in the margin and in the infilling often contains faces, e.g. ff. 9v, 11, 17v, 35, 36; 2-line cadel initials, some with faces, e.g. ff. 9v, 12, 43, 43v, 44; 1-line initials in art. 10 alternating red and blue. Bound, ca. 1840, in dark blue morocco with the Bridgewater crest stamped in gold on both covers; gilt edges. Written in England at the beginning of the sixteenth century presumably for Dame Margery Byrkenhed of the Benedictine nunnery of St. Mary at Chester; her ownership note on f. 85v appears to be in the same hand as the text. The saints whose altars are named for the washing ceremony of Maundy Thursday are not those of Salisbury and thus could be those of Chester; assigned to Chester by Ker, MLGB, 50. Early Bridgewater pressmarks on f. 1, “X/3/” in the hand of John Egerton (1622-86), 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, now cancelled, and “S:8./4.” in the hand of the third Earl (1646-1701). The current Bridgewater pressmark and that Library’s bookplate on the front pastedown. Acquired by Henry E. Huntington with the Bridgewater Library in 1917 (see pp. 5-7).
Secundo folio: [f. 8] (ni-)cholai nomen
Bibliography: De Ricci, 134. Aspects of Medieval England, n. 40 open at f. 42.
Aspects of Medieval England
Aspects of Medieval England: Manuscripts for Research in the Huntington Library, an Exhibition prepared for the Medieval Academy of America, 14 April 1972 [San Marino 1972]
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)
Henry Bradshaw Society
C. Brown and R. H. Robbins, Index of Middle English Verse (New York 1943) and Supplement by R. H. Robbins and J. L. Cutler (Lexington 1965)
N. R. Ker, Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (London, 2nd ed. 1964)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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