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Hours of the Virgin according to the use of Rome, preceded by a French calendar (fol. 3), Capitula and prayers, written in the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 31
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Followed by:

  1. the Penitential Psalms with litany (fol. 123)
  2. Hours of the Holy Spirit (fol. 154)
  3. Office for the Dead (fol. 162)
  4. Suffrages (fol. 224)
  5. prayers, one in French

All the rubrics in French.

There are seven good full-page miniatures, but an equal number of leaves bearing them are missing after fols. 29, 77, 87, 92, 102, 122, 161, making the text imperfect. Every page also has a border.

On fols. 1v, 2, are the illuminated arms of Fremin and of Fremin quartering others: no doubt the volume was written for a member of that family.

Two armorial 18th cent. book-plates, one 'ex libris de Belissen eques', the other apparently of the branch of the Orleans family who were marquises of Rothelin, are in the volume.


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent. in France


242 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 31

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. IV, no 21605

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, binding: purple velvet (18th cent. ?)


5 3/8 × 4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom