Item No: mcai650221
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Rare Book Department
These leaves can be dated to ca. 1430-1440.
This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Matins for the feast of the Holy Innocents (Dec. 28), "Centum quadraginta quatuor milia qui empti sunt de terra hi sunt qui cum mulieribus non sunt coinquinati" (The hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth are those who were not defiled by women).
Lewis E M 65:1-78 were once thought to have come from a single manuscript associated with the Cistercian monastery at Zwettl in Austria. It has been determined, however, that the leaves are from a number of separate manuscripts and were likely produced by a team of scribes and artists at the scriptorium of the Benedictine monastery at Melk.
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Lewis E M 65:1-78