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Private prayers with hymns, Written in about A.D. 1500, in England

MS. Gough Liturg. 7

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Private prayers with hymns, etc., written for the use of George Talbot earl of Shrewsbury (K. G. Apr. 27, 1488, d. 1541), chiefly in Latin, some in English: a calendar precedes. Among the more interesting pieces are:
  1. 'Oratio ... reuelatione diuina transmissa vni monacho de Bynhym circa annum Domini. M. CCCC. & LXXXV' (fol. 56)
  2. Latin devotions before an Image of Pity, with illumination (fol. 59v, cf. 19)
  3. A hymn to the three kings of Cologne (beg. 'Trium regum trium munus', fol. 71v)
  4. 'Oratio de beato rege Henrico' (a hymn beg. 'Rex Henricus, sis amicus', prayer, etc., fol. 118v: this refers to Henry vi, of whom the earl was a joint-executor)
  5. The 15 Oes in a slightly later hand (fol. 122)
The illuminations include illustrations of the chief employments of each month of the calendar, a full-page miniature of the earl kneeling at a prie-dieu, with the coronation of the Virgin above and his arms encircled with the Garter in front (fol. 12v), another miniature of the Virgin and Child (fol. 13), and several smaller ones, and borders with flowers, birds, butterflies, etc.


  • Written in about A.D. 1500, in England


135 Leaves


MS. Gough Liturg. 7

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. 18340

Custodial History

Owned by 'Joan: Denne', 18th century

Physical Facet

On parchment, with fine miniatures, illuminated borders, etc.


8 3/4 × 6 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom