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Hours of the Virgin Mary according to the use of Sarum, Written in the first half of the 15th century

MS. Gough Liturg. 9
Held at the Weston Library

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Hours of the Virgin Mary according to the use of Sarum, preceded by a calendar, and followed by:

  1. 'De quinque gaudiis' (fol. 62v: beg. 'Gaude Virgo mater Christi') and prayers
  2. 'Septem Psalmi penitenciales' with litany (fol. 82v)
  3. The Office for the Dead and Commendatio animarum (fol. 93v)
  4. 'Psalterium beati Jeronimi', with preface (fol. 145)
  5. 'Psalmi Passionis Domini nostri Ihesu Christi' (fol. 164v)
  6. 'De septem gaudiis celi' (fol. 173: beg. 'Gaude flore virginali')
  7. The 'XVcim Ooys' (fol. 183v), etc.
  8. Many prayers are interspersed
  9. In the calendar the Festum Reliquiarum is on Nov. 7
  10. Miniatures occur at fols. 127, 146v, 176v, 242


  • Creation: Written in the first half of the 15th century


287 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Gough Liturg. 9

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 18335

Custodial History

Later obits of the Rykhill and Bruyn (1462, etc.) families occur in the calendar, and also (Jan. 8) 'Obitus Margarete Pympe abbatisse anno regni regis Ricardi tercij primo', 1484, 'Obitus Willelmi Lee' (Oct. 31), 'Obitus Margarete Knyght' (Dec. 6), 'Obitus Emmote Malerye' (Dec. 14). From these and other points it is clear that the nunnery for which the book seems to have been written was in Kent, and the only nunnery which had an abbess in that county was at Mailing, but the connecting evidence is not conclusive.

'Thys boke ys Jone Bruyn of Kent' (16th century): 'Elesabeth Greenfeild her book' (about A.D. 1700): 'Wm. Herbert, 1771.'.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with miniatures, illuminated borders, etc., binding, leather on boards, with traces of clasps


7 1/2 × 5 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom