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'Hore beate Marie Virginis', according to the use of Ghent, written in about A.D. 1500 in the Netherlands

MS. Douce 223

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Preceded by:

  1. (fol. 1) a manuscript calendar
  2. (fol. 8) suffrages and prayers
  3. (fol. 27) the eight verses of St. Bernard
  4. (fol. 30) 'Hore de Sancto Spiritu'
  5. (fol. 34) 'Hore sancte Crucis'

Followed by:

  1. (fol. 90) the 'Septem psalmi penitenciales' with litany
  2. (fol. 107) 'Vigilie Mortuorum'
  3. (fol. 134v) more prayers and suffrages
  4. (fol. 155) benedictions

Ten fine miniatures remain, but others are lost after fols. 13, 33, 48, 63, 69, 74, 79 at least: there are also many illuminated borders and capitals: see Waagen, Treasures, iii. 85. The internal evidence proves that the volume was written for some one connected with the Benedictine abbey of St. Peter's at Blandin near Ghent, see especially fol. 151v. The contemporary binding is dark brown leather on boards with ' ora pro nobis sancta dei genitrix vt digni efficiamur promissione xpristi' and emblems, exactly as no. 316 in Weale's South Kensington Bookbindings ii. (1894), p. 166, which he connects with Bruges: the back is later, and the clasp broken. A coat of arms is erased on fol. 107, see 6v, 22v.


  • Creation: written in about A.D. 1500 in the Netherlands


198 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 223

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 21797

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

Physical Facet

with fine illuminations, binding: dark brown leather on boards, mutilated


6 3/8 × 4 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom