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Hours of the Virgin, according to the use of Paris, written in the first half of the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 80
Held at the Weston Library

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Preceded by a French Calendar (fol. 1), Capitula and prayers (fol. 12), and suffrages (fol. 31v). Followed by:

  1. (fol. 101) the Penitential Psalms with litany
  2. (fol. 119) Hours 'de Sancta Cruce'
  3. (fol. 127) Hours of the Holy Spirit
  4. (fol. 134) Office for the Dead
  5. (fol. 185v) the Fifteen Joys in French
  6. (fol. 192) the Seven Requests in French
  7. (fol. 196) a long French hymn to the Virgin, beg. 'Glorieuse Vierge royne'
  8. (fol. 206) 'Missa nostra Domina'
  9. more suffrages and prayers.

The rubrics are generally in French. Leaves presumably bearing miniatures and the beginning of the following service have been cut out after fols. 82, 86, 89, 95, 118, and 205. There are several miniatures left, and every leaf has a border filled with grotesques, animals, and flowers, some doubled by reversal as in MS. Douce 77: at fol. 196 is a portrait of the lady who owned the book; An index to the chief grotesques, etc., is at fol. 225, made by Douce.

With the armorial bookplate of Charles d'Orléans abbé de Rothelin . (d. 1744), covering another (probably of N. J. Foucault).


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 15th cent. in France


233 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 80

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 21654

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated


8 1/4 × 6 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom