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Hours of the Virgin, according to the use of Paris (cf. fol. 236v), written late in the 14th cent. in France

MS. Douce 62

  • Request

Preceded by a French calendar (fol. 3), and capitula, etc. (fol. 15), and followed by:

  1. (fol. 95) the Penitential Psalms with litany
  2. (fol. 112) Hours of the Cross, wanting the first leaf
  3. (fol. 119) 'Hore de Sancto Spiritu'
  4. (fol. 125) Office for the Dead
  5. (fol. 171v) Fifteen Joys in French
  6. (fol. 178) Seven Requestes, wanting the first leaf
  7. (fol. 182) Hours of the Passion, a long form
  8. (fol. 224) Suffrages.

There are many fine half-page illuminations, borders and capitals, and a large number of grotesques usually engaged in games: Douce has supplied a list of musical instruments, games, and miniatures. The following arms frequently occur, often with two hounds as supporters or badges:-- azure a bend lozengy argent and gules between two mullets of eight points pierced or.

Two engraved portraits of Henry and Charles de Lorraine, dukes of Guise and Mayenne respectively (at fols. 1, 2), may be a clue to part of the history of the MS.


  • Creation: written late in the 14th cent. in France


241 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 62

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 21636

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: red velvet


7 7/8 × 5 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom