Catalogue description LITURGY.

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Details of SAL/MS/154*
Reference: SAL/MS/154*

Fragments (26 leaves) of a 10th century sacramentary, removed between 1773-90 (see Biddle (1976), 526) from the original binding of SAL/MS/154 (where they formed the packing of the boards). Latin. See M. Biddle, Winchester in the Early Middle Ages (1976), Appendix II, 541-9, for a detailed description by Professor F. Wormald. The fragments follow the Gregorian sacramentary in general, approximating to K. Gamber, Sakramentartypen (1958), type H. Lections are included but not the musical portions of the mass; neumes are entered in the Benedictio cerei (fols. 18v-19v). Initials include long and short leaf motifs, rudimentary interlace (fol. 18v) and one example of a dog's head terminal (fol. 7v). Offsets on fol. 27 (otherwise blank). Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 307-8. There are conflicting views on origin and dating. R. W. Pfaff (ed.), The Liturgical Books of Anglo-Saxon England (Old English Newsletter, Subsidia 23, Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo, 1995), 26-8, summarises recent bibliography; D. N. Dumville, 'On the dating of some late Anglo-Saxon liturgical manuscripts', Trans. of the Cambridge Bib. Soc., X, pt. 1 (1991), 48-9, and M. Lapidge (ed.), Wulfstan of Winchester. The Life of St. Aethelwold (1991), xliii, suggest that the fragments were written in Brittany.

Date: 10th Centenary
Held by: Society of Antiquaries of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: Latin
Physical condition: Vellum; ff. iv + 27. Mid 10th century. Quarto. Conserved and rebound, 1997. Note, fol. iii, by Gustavus Brander describing the fragments (printed by Biddle (1976), 541).

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