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A Primer in English, comprising the Hours of the Virgin, according to the use of Sarum (fol. 11), written in the 15th cent.

MS. Douce 246
Held at the Weston Library

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Preceded by tables, short pieces, and a calendar (fol. 4), and followed by:

  1. (fol. 43v) 'The seven Psalmes' with 'Letanie', 'Dirige, Placebo'
  2. (fol. 58) the Office for the Dead
  3. (fol. 81) 'the Commendacion'
  4. (fol. 93v) 'Psalmes of the Passion' prayers
  5. (fol. 101v) 'Mandata Dei', Wycliff's commentary on the Ten Commandments, beg. 'This is the first maundement'
  6. (fol. 103v) a sermon on Luke x. 27 beg. 'Thou schalt loue ... Wan thou louest God of all thine herte'.
  7. small pieces

The rubrics are often in Latin. At fol. 100v is, in red, 'He that wrote thisse | God graunte hym heuen blisse. Amen. Quod Lynne. [then, in gold] Aue: Maria. quod Edward': the latter perhaps an owner of the book, the former the scribe.

In the calendar at fol. 8v, Aug. 5, is 'Deyd Agnes Orges [or Ges?] my wyff Hansaber [then, smaller] in Harflu[r?] in the ȝere of our Lord m iiijcccc xlvj', cf. March 24 'Mem' this de was Jent[?] my daughter beried.' [I read 'Orges', 'ȝeir', 'hansalȝer', and take the last to = a maker of the long dresses called hainselins. E.W.B.N.].


  • Creation: written in the 15th cent.


110 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Douce 246

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 21820

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding: brown leather on boards with ihs, double eagles and fleurs-de-lys in rows within roulettes of flowers and leaves, 15th cent., English: modern red velvet on back


7 1/4 × 5 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom