Psalter and Office of the Dead
Kalendar in red and black
The Kalendar has two medallions with gold grounds (in lower margin except in
January) illustrating the occupation and sign of each month
January. Three-faced, at table, drinking with
left face eating with right: boar's head on table
Aquarius. Woman in blue seated full-face with
February. Sits with face to L. by fire and
hooks a piece of meat out of a pot. Piscis
March. In hat prunes vine (tree): facing L.
April. Rides to L. hawk on hand. Taurus
May. A girl with full face on grass holding
flowers in each hand
Gemini. Nude, linked by arm round each
other's back: a blank shield in front of them
June. In broad hat, mowing. Leo
July. In broad hat, reaping. Cancer
August. Threshes. Virgo holds palm
September. Two figures, one with stick, and
hotte on back: one treads grapes
Libra. Held by a woman
October. Sows from a wooden barrel-like
November. Beats oak, for a pig. Sagittarius. Centaur, hind-feet lion-like, shoots
December. Strikes pig with back of axe. Capricorn half-goat, half cornu copiae.
4. Eadwardi reg.
19. Wlstani Ep. C.
3. Werburge V.
28. Oswaldi archiep.
Translacio kyneburge kyneswythe ac Tybbe
. duplex in
3. Ricardi Ep. C.
, in red
, in red
3. Obitus Rogeri de
7. Translatio S. Thome
in red erased and rewritten in cent. xvi
5. Oswald added
in red late
15. Festiuitas reliquiarum Sarum
24. Dedicacio ecclesie S. Trinitatis
27. In red in margin, original: Obitus
d. Iohannis Comitis Warrenn' ao
gratie Mo CCCo
28. Dedicacio ecclesie Burgi
4. Francisci C. et
5. or 6. Added in margin in charter
“Obitus Hugonis de Stiuecle quondam Prioris
21. 11,000 Virgins erased
16. and 20.
3. Obitus dyonisie de
10. Obitus lecie matris domini oliueri de
15. Obitus d. Willelmi de Warenn'
Thomas erased and rewritten in red
Twelve leaves with pictures
The full-page pictures preceding the Psalter are thus arranged
a. A prophet and apostle under architectural canopy sometimes supported by central
shaft, sometimes not; within frame. The apostle has a clause of the creed on a scroll;
the prophet a corresponding prophecy. Names in red below the frame. Colours flat, pale
green, blue, pink, brown etc. No grounds. Fine drawing
b, c. Gold grounds with incised pattern. Frame in colour. Architecture in
spandrels, red silk guards. Fine drawing and colour: faces often have a dab of pink on
the cheeks. The subjects are Life of Christ etc.
d. Prophet and apostle, as in a.
. Pointed cap.
“Patrem uocabitis me dicit dominus”
“Credo etc. - terre”
2. Annunciation under trefoiled arch. Both figures stand: a lily pot
between them. The Virgin has a book. Scroll.
3. Nativity under cinqfoiled arch. The usual scheme, with Joseph seated on R.
“Et in I. C. dom. nostrum”
“Filius meus es tu hodie genui te”
“Ecce uirgo concipiet et pariet filium”
“Qui conceptus - virgine”
6. Resurrection under trefoiled arch. Three knights in mail. The one
on L. has a yellow shield with six chevrons sable. An angel kneels on the end of the
tomb facing R.
7. Ascension in plain frame, without arch. There is no hill. The
Virgin has a book. The figures below number seven in all
“Post ebdomadas lxii occiditur christus”
“Passum - sepultum”
“O mors ero mors tua morsus tuus ero o inferne”
“Descendit - mortuis”
10. Coronation of the Virgin. Plain frame. In the upper corners are
two angels with censers and incense-boats
11. Betrayal under cinqfoil. Judas has a
ring round his head not rilled in with colour as are most. Malchus, full face, is screaming. Peter's sword
is cutting off the top of his head: much blood is on his face
“Qui edificat in celum ascensionem suam”
Jacobus maior (minor)
“Ascendit - omnipotentis”
“In ualle Iosaphath iudicabit omnes gentes”
“Inde - mortuos”
14. The Scourging. Cinqfoil arch. Christ bound to the pillar, full
face. The ordinary scheme, with two executioners
15. Bearing the Cross. Trefoil arch. Christ, covered with wounds.
He walks to R. One executioner with his hand on His back draws Him on. The Virgin
follows supporting the Cross. John behind,
“Spiritus meus erit in medio uestri”
(this and the prophecy of Sophonias, which are both unusual, occur in a Bible of cent. xiii belonging to Mr Pierpont
“Credo - sanctum”
“Sanctam eccl. - communionem”
“Hec est civitas gloriosa que dicit extra me non est”
18. Crucifixion with the Virgin and S.
John. Cinqfoil arch. Christ's side is wounded: three nails are used: no crown
19. Two trefoil arches: no shaft.
L. The Virgin and Child. She
holds a flower, He a fruit.
R. Christopher leaning on an
oar, in the midst of the stream. Christ with an orb on His shoulder. Fish in the
“Cum odio habueris dimitte”
“Suscitabo filios uestros”
22. Christ seated full face, in lozenge; L. hand on orb. The
Evangelical emblems in the angles, with names
23. Trefoil arch. L.
. Green wallet with escallop slung round him. Staff and book. R. John Baptist, hairy robe: he points to medallion of Agnus Dei in his L. hand
“Et erit regnum domini. Amen”
“Vitam - amen”
Psalter in double columns of 17 lines. In a very
large, tall, upright hand
Beatus uir. At bottom: L. David with sling-stones in his garment. Three sheep in front.
R. Goliath mailed: shield with face on it: banneret and
spear: red surcoat: stone in forehead
R. margin. Jesse tree on gold ground. Jesse sleeping at
bottom: then a.
David with harp. b.
Solomon with scroll. c. A bad king in
surprised attitude. d. Virgin and child. e. Christ with orb blessing
Initial. David playing the harp. A chaffinch above in
Dominus illuminatio. David kneels face R. at altar, finger to his eye. Head of Christ
Dixi. Similar. He points to his protruded
throned on L. A bald fool in mantle only, eating a cake and holding a
Saluum. Christ above: Jonah (?) below in water, perhaps emerging from the mouth of the large
plays on five bells. Note the very fine white ornament on the blue ground outside the
letter. This is conspicuous in other places
Cantate. Clerks, one in cope, two in albs.
Book on desk on R.
Dixit dominus. The Father and Son seated
full face. Cruciform nimbi. The Father on R. with hand on globe, the Son blessing. The
Dove between them
Ad dominum (CXIX. CXX). Like Dominus illuminatio, but here David is
bareheaded and beardless: in blue
Confitebor (Cantica). Christ throned
Martyrs: Osuualde (2nd). Florentine.
Albane, Edmunde, Elphege, Thoma erased
Confessors: Atheluuolde (5th) ... Cuthberte, Guthlace, Uuilfride, Suithune, Dunstane, Iohannes, Aidane, Botulphe, Egidi, Leonarde, Iuliane, Uulstane, Hugo II, Edmunde
Virgins: Kyneburga, Kynesuuitha, Tibba ... Etheldritha, Sexburga, Werburga
Suffrage for the Pope erased
Deus cui proprium est misereri
Omnipotens sempiterne deus. qui facis mirabilia
A domo tua quesumus domine repellantur
Deus a quo sancta desideria
Ecclesie tue quesumus
Deus qui es sanctorum
(Office of the Dead). A bier with blue pall and four
Livere de Reis de Britannie
In a hand of cent. xiv early: double
columns of 32 lines
Chronicle of England in French to Edward I's death
Deuant la natiuite nostre seignur mil et cc. anz uint brutus le fiz siluius en engletere
The first hand ends (on Edward
Cil regna .xxxiiij. anz et x. meis si morust e git a weymoster
A hand of about 1400 continues
Apres cesti Roi eduuard vint sire eduuard soun fiiz
Ending with the coronation of Henry IV
lan de grace mil. ccc. nouaunttime et neofyme
Chronicle of Peterborough
Chronicle of Peterborough Abbey
In the first hand of item
Anno ab incarnacione domini Dco
quinquagesimo ab aduentu S. Augustini ivo fundata
fuit ecclesia de medeshamstede que nunc Burg uocatur
The first hand goes down to abbot Will. de
per iiij annos ecclesiam bene rexit et mortuus est
The second hand of item
no. 2 continues
Godefridus de croiland
And ends with Will. Genge
soluend' dicto abbati infra duos annos prox' post annum creacionis
Referred to by Tanner etc., but seemingly not printed
Bestiarum uocabulum proprie conuenit leonibus pardis cxi 217
Phisici dicunt leones tres principales naturas habere
The ornamentation of the Bestiary is very fine indeed
(the first leaf) has partial border (oak and
ivy-leaf). On R. a splendid grotesque with bow and arrow.
Initial with seated Lion
among ivy-leaves: most beautifully painted.
Miniature: five intersecting circles in
a square: grounds gold, patterned red and patterned blue. The medallions show:
Hunters on L. Lion on R. obliterates his tracks with his tail.
b. He roars at his
whelp to raise it.
c. He looks at or is attacked by a serpent (scorpion ?).
He sniffs at a dead nude man (but will not attack him).
e. He eats a monkey, which
cures him of sickness.
There is also an initial with human bust. These occur
The pictures which follow are of various dimensions: frames in gold or colour with
projecting leaves: grounds gold or patterned, blue or red divided into two, or
quarterly. The subjects are
Tiger deceived by mirrors. Huntsman rides off with cub. Pard
Panther attracting beasts by his breath except the dragon which disappears into
Antelope, horns caught in tree. Huntsman. Unicorn, head in maid's lap, pierced by
hunter. Lynx. Gryphon on dead ox
Elephant with castle
Beavers pursued bite off their glands. Ibex stands on its horns. Hyena devours
with curved horns, hunter on L. Monkeys carrying their young,
hunters on L. Human-headed hairy-legged satyr. Deer eating serpent, swimming a
Caprea, red. Monoceros. Two bears, licking a cub
Leucro(co)tta grinning. Crocodile devouring man. Manticora, humanheaded.
Parandrus, antlered and clawed. Fox feigning death to attract birds
Eale, huge horns. Wolf biting his paw: sheepfold on R., dog barking
Group of dogs (L. part smeared). King (Garamantes) on
L.: dogs attack his armed enemies
Dead man watched by dog which keeps off birds: on R. dog attacks his
Adam robed, seated on L. by tree, naming beasts (lion,
horse, ox, etc.) on R. Sheep. Ram
Lamb. Goat. Boar. Bullock. Ox. Camel: two men load it
Dromedary. Ass. Wild ass mutilates its young. Two horses
Mole. Hedgehogs with apples. Ants: corn on L.
A row of doves (?). Eagle on nest looking at the sun: R. plunging into the
Vulture: a man's foot in its beak. Cranes: one holds stone in claw, others bow to
Parrot. Chaladrius (two) on sick man's bed. Storks: (a) on water, (b) eating
Swans. Ibis: gives snake's eggs to its young. Ostriches arranging eggs in the
Halcyon, green. Phoenix : (a) in nest fired by
sunbeam, (b) dead, a dragon flying away from it
Goatsucker in tree: man slings at it. Ercinea avis. Hoopoes: brightly coloured.
Pelicans with young. Owl (unlike): sun above
Ship on L. Mermaid on R. holding two fish. Partridges. Pie
Hawks. Nightingale on eggs. Sun and moon on R. Bats. Crow. Cornix in tree: man
sits in chair on R. (auguring from its cry)
Doves. Dove covering its nest with squillae to keep off wolf which runs off on
Swallow. Quail. Peacock. Hoopoe
Cock and hen. Ducks. Bees: two straw hives on L.
Large dragon lies on its back open mouthed under tree: doves fly about. Three
snakes. Blue and red dragon
Basilisk (cock with snake's tail) attacked by weasel, birds fly about it: serpents
flee on R. Two fourlegged vipers eat each other
Asp (winged) stopping his ear: man (charmer) on R.
Scitalis. Amphisbaena. Hydrus entering mouth of crocodile. Boas sucking a cow.
Jaculus attacking sheep
Syren, white snake, bites man's leg. Seps. Dipsae attack a man. Lacertus.
Salamander in apple tree in C, licks the fruit: on R., a man who tastes it falls dead.
On R. Salamander in fire. Saura emerges from hole in the wall (changing its skin) and
looks at sun. Two stelliones
Four blue snakes, variously engaged, viz. changing skin: drinking at stream:
attacking a clothed man on R.: fleeing from a nude man on R.
There are no more illustrations, nor are spaces left for them
The last section is on Rane
Rane a garulitate eo quod circa genitales strepunt paludes
pelidorum. popillorum. solearum. lacertorum. ut luligo et huic