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Hours of the Virgin Mary, for the use of Rome, written in the second half of the 15th cent. in N. E. France or the Netherlands

MS. Douce 256

  • Request

'Horae beate Marie Virginis, secundum vsum Romanum' (fol. 49), preceded by:

  1. (fol. 1) a calendar
  2. (fol. 14) Capitula from the Gospels, etc.
  3. (fol. 31) 'Hore de sancta Cruce'
  4. (fol. 37) 'Hore de Sancto Spiritu'
  5. (fol. 43) 'Missa beate Marie Virginis'.

Followed by:

  1. (fol. 112) 'Septem psalmi penitentiales' with 'Letania Sanctorum'
  2. (fol. 132) 'Vigilie Mortuorum'
  3. (fol. 173) prayers, and suffrages.

The calendar points to Rheims (Donatianus and Nicasius). There are many fine miniatures, borders and capitals in Netherlandish style. 'PƆIV' is on fol. 97, and 'PLENA-DMIVI' on fol. 173, both on borders. On fol. 15 is st. Luke painting a Madonna and Child, and on fol. 36v a clock.


  • Creation: written in the second half of the 15th cent. in N. E. France or the Netherlands


186 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 256

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 21830

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, with silver clasps (one lost)


7 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom