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Fragments removed from Winton Domesday

Reference code
Fragments removed from Winton Domesday
mid 10th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Vellum; ff. iv + 27.
Conserved and rebound, 1997. Note, fol.iii, by Gustavus Brander describing the fragments (printed by Biddle (1976), 541).
Scope and content
Fragments (26 leaves) of a 10th century sacramentary, removed between 1773-90 (see Biddle (1976), 526) from the original binding of MSS/0154 (where they formed the packing of the boards).

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.
Previous reference number(s)
MS 154*
Related units of description
These fragments were removed from the original binding of MSS/0154 (where they formed the packing of the boards).