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DUL MS Cosin V.III.17 Usuardus, Martyrologium s. xiv/xv

These incomplete draft descriptions of medieval manuscripts in Durham University Library are copyright, and may not be quoted without the permission of the University of Durham Library.

Owing to inconsistencies with the source software, accented characters appear in varying compound forms. This has not yet been rationalized.

12/1/90 AJP revision of AJP + AID

[1] + 1 (paper, s. xvii) + 68 with a slip (75 x 115 mm.) sewn to f. 12v + [1]. Membrane (0.22 mm., quires with hairside outermost), 205 x 145 mm., outer edges cropped (see f. 14v).

Collation: 18, 28 + slip sewn to verso of 5, 3-68, 7-810.

Catchwords, in cartouches, some with grotesque profiles (e.g. f. 48v), on quires 1-4 and 6-7.

Prickings in outer margins, some cropped away. Written space 160 x 105 mm.; ruled in sharp brown. 23 long lines per page.

Written in textura quadrata with hairlines, somewhat unevenly, by one hand. Slip sewn to f. 12v also in textura, by another contemporary hand, perhaps that of addition in f. 54v lower margin.

Decoration: text-capitals lined with red. Initials: (i) to each day, 2-line, alternately blue and red, the blue with infilling and crude flourishing in red on ff. 1v-2, 9v-11 and f. 12v slip; (ii) f. 1, 3-line, red and blue.


ff. 1-67v Incipit martilogium per anni circulum. Nono kal. ianuarii. Uigilia natalis domini. Apud antiochiam syrie. natalis sanctarum uirginum quadraginta ... ... sancti seruuli confessoris cuius uenerabilem uitam et gloriosum obitum beatus <p>a<p>a gregorius scribit. Et aliorum plurimorum sanctorum martyrum confessorum atque uirginum.

Usuardus, Martyrologium, supplemented in England. This copy contains almost all the changes of the second recension listed by Jacques Dubois, Le Martyrologe d'Usuard, (Subsidia Hagiographica 40, Brussels 1965), pp. 33-37. A few supplementary Northern French feasts, and many British ones, including Gilbert of Sempringham, Edmund Rich (canonised 1246) and the translation of Hugh of Lincoln (1280), also Lincoln relics on 27 August.

Additions, s. xiv/xv, probably in the same hand as some correction in anglicana: translation (1262) of Richard Wych (f. 32v), Anne (f. 39v, approved for England 1378), and 'in hybernia sancti kenani episcopi et confessoris' (f. 62).

f. 68r-v ruled but blank.

Correction and Annotation:

Corrections and marginal additions, s. xiv/xv, including decennovial numbers and dominical letters.

Written in England, perhaps from a Lincolnshire source to judge by supplementary feasts.

Secundo folio: Jerosolimis

'nota bene' against Gilbert of Sempringham (ii Non Feb.), s. xv, f. 9 margin. 'Ex donacione Magistri Cristoferi Massingberd Canonici Ecclesie Cathedralis beate marie Lincoln / Anno domini Millesimo Quingentesimo xiiijmo', f. 68v, perhaps recording a donation to a church or religious house; no books are mentioned in his will, 1 March, proved 28 April, 1553 (Prerogative Court of Canterbury 9 Tashe).

'papa' defaced in most instances, no doubt s. xvi med. 'Jo. Heath', f. 1, s. xvii, in the same hand as in Cosin MS. V.V.6 and Durham Cathedral Library Inc. 17, the latter the gift of John Tempest. 'Geo. Davenport Donum Johannis Tempest Armigeri. 1665.', f. iv; Cosin MSS V.IV.2, V.IV.5 and V.IV.9 were also given to Davenport by John Tempest of the Isle (d. 1697), the husband of Elizabeth, daughter and sole heir of John Heath of Old Durham (d. 1664: Surtees, History and Antiquities of County Durham iv/2, (1840), pp. 70, 93).

Binding: sides of s. xvii calf bearing Hugh Hutchinson's crested roll and tool no. ?. Spine replaced s. xix med.; 1 clasp.