tradition, but the saints’ offices in
the manuscript do not agree with the known traditions of the archdiocese. The
cathedral of Linköping
was consecrated to SS
an altar to St Erik, so the prayer may follow Linköping practice (Lauri Hirvonen,
personal communication, 17 April 2014). However, the cursory and selective contents
of the book suggest rather that it was intended for a parish church.
Lacks at least one quire at the beginning, and judging by the staining
and wear sustained by fol. 1 this has been the case for some time.
Fol. 92 is torn. The manuscript shows signs of water damage
throughout, especially in the outer and lower margins.
Text in two columns of 20–21 lines, ruled in ink; prickings in
the outer margins, one hole per written line.
Two main hands writing Gothic bookhand: hand I on fols.
). As the change in decoration coincides with
the change in main scribal hands it is possible that each scribe was his own
Lacks covers; the sewing, nowadays damaged and loose in places, may be
The book was produced for use in an unknown Swedish parish church by two
moderately skilled scribes writing in somewhat antiquated style. The scribes wrote in
separate quires, and a separate origin for these respective parts is not impossible,
although nothing appears to require it (e.g. the part written by hand II, fols.
17–32, does not seem to have been bound before the
present binding). They were, however, united early, for hand I has added a few lines
of text and notation at the end of the part written by hand II (fol.