GB-Lbl Add. 57337, also known as the 'Anderson' or 'Brodie' pontifical, was written at a southern English scriptorium around the turn of the 11th century. Glosses in a southeastern dialect of Old English, added soon after the manuscript was written, suggest that it spent time at an institution in the Southeast of England, probably one of the two Canterbury minsters, either Christ Church or St. Augustine's. Although there are signs of further use during the 11th century, the book's history after its compilation is completely unknown until the early 18th century, during which time it was owned by Hugh Anderson (d.1749), minister of Drainie, Morayshire in northeastern Scotland; his name is inscribed on f.1r. Although its movements during the intervening centuries are again unknown, in 1970 the manuscript was discovered in the stables of Brodie Castle in a carton of books. Despite suffering rodent and water damage, the book is mostly complete and in good condition.
Although textually similar to other Canterbury pontificals like 'The Dunstan Pontifical' (F-Pnm Lat. 943) and 'The Samson Pontifical' (GB-Ccc MS 146), MS 57337 does include some less-common additions to the Church dedication ordo, including ceremonial actions to be performed if a church is wooden ("Si vero lignea fuerit...", f.7v). The benedictional portion of MS 57337 (ff.103r-144v) is also incomplete, ending imperfectly with the feast of St. Andrew (f.144v); What survives of MS 57337's benedictional is textually similar 'The Benedictional of St. Æthelwold' (GB-Lbl Add. MS 49598), although MS 57337 does include one newly-composed alternate benediction for All Saints' Day (f.143) not found in 'The Æthelwold Benedictional.' The similarity between these two benedictionals may indicate that Winchester practice was becoming more influential on Canterbury practices ca.1000 and is not necessarily conclusive evidence that MS 57337 was written at Winchester. The benedictional portion also includes blessings for English SS Cuthbert (f.113v), Augustine of Canterbury (f.139r), Æthelthryth (f.139v), and Swithun (f.141r).
Notable musical contents include a partially-notated copy of the church dedication ordo (ff.1-17v), it's mass (ff.18r-21v), and a monastic version of its Night Office (ff.21r-29v). MS 57337 also includes a notated version of the English coronation antiphon, Firmetur manus Tua (f.57r). Furthermore, several antiphons for the church dedication ordo are of Anglo-Saxon composition: examples include Aedificavit moyses (f.9r), Ab oriente porte tres (f.18r), and Introibo ad altare (f.6v).
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