Breviarium Novi II

Župa Arhiv (Novi Vinodolski, Croatia)

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1,000 pages / 36.0 x 26.0 cm

Artist / School

Priest Martinac

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The Breviarium Novi II is a codex containing transcriptions of texts ranging from the 10th to the 15th centuries and mixes old and new lingustic and artistic elements. It contains the breviary of the Roman Curia written in square Croatioan glagolitic as was use in the 14th and 15th centuries. Due to the wide variety of text contained therein, the codex is of interest to scholars in linguistics and philology, as well as to librarians, liturgists, musicologists, and historians of art.

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A Treasure of Church Slavic

The second Novi Breviary is a large codex of 500 folios. The greater part of it was transcribed by the priest Martinac from the district of Lapac in Grobnic, one of the free medieval Vinodol communes. In his colophons he mentions 1493, 1494 and 1495 as the years in which the codex was written and finished. It was inscribed for the Pauline monastery and the Church of St. Mary on Osap, a little hill outside the walls of Novi Vinodol. The Pauline monks in the glagolitic areas celebrated the Old Slav services from glagolitic liturgical books. The script, particularly that of Priest Martinac, is neat and legible liturgical script in square Croatioan glagolitic as was use in the 14th and 15th centuries. The language of the codex is the Croation redaction of Church Slavic. The texts date from the 10th to the 15th centuries, and old and new linguistic elements are intermixed. The Breviarium Novi II retains the entirety of the breviary of the Roman Curia distinguished by lessons of considerable length and detailed descriptions of the offices in the rubrics.

  1. Proprium de tempore (fol. 1-267d)
  2. Calendar (fol. 268-275)
  3. Psalterium (fol. 276a-322c)
  4. Officium defunctorum (fol. 322c-324c)
  5. Commune Sanctorum (fol. 324c-355c)
  6. Officium "de Beata" (fol. 356a-359c)
  7. Proprium sanctorum (fol. 382a-500d)

All the components of this codex: language, script, illuminations, and text are characterised by a mixture of older forms and newer innovations. They present a wide field of interest to scholars in linguistics, and philology, and to librarians, liturgists, musicologists and historians of art. In order to facilitate reading and orientaions we have provided a glagolitic alphabet, a list of the most frequent abbreviations of contents.

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