The Festial, sermons on Holy Days and Sundays, written in the second half of the 15th cent. in the South of England
- (fol. 1) The Festial, sermons on Holy Days and Sundays. A list of contents will be found in C. Horstmann's Altengliscbe Legenden, neue Folge (1881), p. cxix: where it is shown that this is the Festial written by John Mirk, see fol. 147. [With Horstmann I believe the author's name to be Mirkus (?=Mirkhus, 'Dark house'): see MS. Douce 103 E.W.B.N.].
- (fol 147) Colophon:'Explicit tractatus qui dicitur Pars Oculi de Latino in Anglicum translatus per fratrem Johannem ... [Mirk canonicum regularem] monasterii de Lylleshulle, cuius anime propicietur Deus. Amen': this treatise on the duties of a parish priest is perhaps based on part of the Pupilla Oculi of Johannes de Burgo. It is in verse and prose, beg. 'God seith him self. as writen y fynde'.
- (fol. 189) A sermon 'De festo omnium Sanctorum': beg. 'Gode men and women this day is called all hallowen day.'.
- (fol. 193) A treatise on the Seven Deadly Sins: beg. 'Crist that dyed ... The thinges that I haue proposed.'.
- (fol. 213) 'Hec est forma confessionis', a long English form in sections, beg. 'I be knowe to God ... that I sinful creature.'.
On fol. 228 (cf. 146v) are notes of Welsh rents owing to sir John Davyys, partly in 1492-4.
Leaves are lost after fols. 30, 43, 59.
- Creation: written in the second half of the 15th cent. in the South of England
Language of Materials
MS. Douce 60
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 21634
Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.
8 × 5 3/4 in.