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Hours of the Virgin Mary, according to the use of Besançon, preceded by Capitula from the Gospels (fol. 5), written in about the middle of the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 267

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Followed by:
  1. (fol. 65) Penitential Psalms with litany
  2. (fol. 87) Office for the Dead
  3. (fol. 114) the Hours of the Cross
  4. (fol. 126) suffrages
  5. (fol. 142) the Fifteen Joyes (in french)
  6. (fol. 158) Seven Requestes (in french)
  7. prayers.
The illumination of the book was never finished, and in some cases the outlines of the design are left, but leaves presumably bearing miniatures are lost after fols. 4, 7, 8, 9, 26, 121, 141, only one (on fol. 6) being left finished. There are many illuminated borders and capitals. The rubrics are in French. Ferreolus, Ferrutius and Antidius, in the litany, are special Besançon saints.


  • written in about the middle of the 15th cent. in France


160 Leaves


MS. Douce 267

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 21841

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: dark leather with a stamp of the Crucifixion on each side (early 17th cent.?)


7 3/4 × 6 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom