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English Psalms in the Middle Ages, 1300-1450$

Annie Sutherland

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198726364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198726364.001.0001

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(p.279) Appendix 1 English Language Primers

(p.279) Appendix 1 English Language Primers

English Psalms in the Middle Ages, 1300-1450
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English primers which include psalms (those used in the Little Office of the Virgin and the Office of the Dead as well as the penitential, gradual, etc.):

  1. [1] London, BL Add. 17010

  2. [2] London, BL Add. 17011

  3. [3] London, BL Add. 27592

  4. [4] London, BL Add. 36683

  5. [5] Cambridge, CUL Dd. 11. 82 (printed in Littlehales, H. (ed.), The Prymer or Lay Folk’s Prayer Book 2 volumes EETS os 105 (1895) and os 109 (1897). IMEP xix dates the manuscript to s. xv1)

  6. [6] Cambridge, Emmanuel College 246 (James, M. R., The Western Manuscripts in the Library of Emmanuel College—A Descriptive Catalogue (1904) describes the manuscript and dates it to the late fourteenth century)

  7. [7] Cambridge, St John’s College G. 24 (printed in Littlehales, H. (ed.), The Prymer or Prayer Book of the Lay People in the Middle Ages in English dating about 1400 AD 2 volumes (London and New York, 1891)

  8. [8] Glasgow, University Library Hunter 472 (v. 6. 22) (late fourteenth century)

  9. [9] Glasgow, University Library Hunter 512 (v. 8. 15)

  10. [10] Oxford, BodlL Ashmole 1288 (1) (dated s. xiv. ex. in IPMEP)

  11. [11] Oxford, BodlL Bodley 85

  12. [12] Oxford, BodlL Douce 246 (dated s. xv. ex. in IMEP iv)

  13. [13] Oxford, BodlL Douce 275 (dated s. xiv. ex. in IMEP iv)

  14. [14] Oxford, BodlL Rawlinson C. 699

  15. [15] Oxford, Queen’s College 324 (dated s. xv. in. in IMEP viii)

  16. [16] Oxford, University College 179 (dated s. xv. in. in IMEP viii)

  17. [17] Yale, University Library Beineke 360 (dated to s. xv. in.)

Reference has also been made to a vernacular primer in Marquis of Bute, HMC 3: 206, but thus far this manuscript has proved unlocatable.

Raymo also alerts us to the survival of parts of a vernacular primer in the fifteenth-century London University Fragment 57 (bound as two flyleaves in John Welles, The Art of Stenographie London 1623 (Hartung, A. E. (gen. ed.) A Manual of the Writings in Middle English (1967–), volume 7, XX (Raymo) Works of Religious and Philosophical Instruction, p. 2569).

Dublin, Trinity College B.3.16 (now 195) has been referred to as a primer but contains only an English translation of the Psalms of the Passion (Psalm 21–30) and of the Athanasian Creed. For a full description of this composite manuscript, see Colker, M. L. with intro by William O’Sullivan, Trinity College Library Dublin—Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts 2 volumes (1991) vol. 2, pp. 386–91, p. 390.