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MS 23: Composite manuscript including two texts, 15th century

Identifier: MS 23


The manuscript is a 15th-century composite containing works relating to virgin saints. It is German or Dutch. The works contained within it are detailed separately below.

ff.1r-40v: Revelatio Nova Itineris et Passionis Undecim Milium Virginum Martyrum (The Passion of the Eleven Thousand Virgins). This text is related to Saint Ursula.

ff.40v-72v: Vita et Legenda Beate Katherine Virginis (The Life and Legend of Saint Katherine, Virgin).

The texts are described separately, under MS 23/ff. 1r-40v and MS 23/ff. 40v-72v.


It is fairly written with ornamental initials and partial borders of a rather rough and decadent type.


Some of the initials are inhabited, for example with a skull (f.1v), dogs (f.28r), and birds (f.47r). There is a partial border with flowers and a bird on f.42v and a peacock in the border of f.47r.


  • Creation: 15th century

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

Evidently a German or Dutch manuscript, but with no marks of definite provenance or ownership. It bears a label with the number 956, also a description of the manuscript in French by a modern hand.

Additionally, alongside the manuscript there is a letter addressed to David Laing that lists the contents of the manuscript.

Previous reference

Laing 29

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Modern

Collation: a12-f12=72.


20.96 cm x 14.61 cm


Secundo folio: et juvenculas

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 72, 26 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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