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Hours of the Virgin Mary, according to the use of Bayeux (fol. 31), written in about the middle of the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 268
Held at the Weston Library

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Preceded by:

  1. (fol. 1) a French calendar
  2. (fol. 11) Capitula from the Gospels
  3. (fol. 27: beg. 'Aue glorieuse pucelle') a French hymn to the Virgin

Followed by:

  1. (fol. 71) the Penitential Psalms with 'Letania'
  2. (fol. 91) prayer, suffrages
  3. (fol. 104) 'La vie sainte Marguerite' (a French poem, beg. 'Apres la sainte Passion')
  4. (fol. 123) the Office for the Dead.

The Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Spirit are worked in at fols. 47, 48v, etc. The miniatures are numerous and peculiar in style (e.g. fols. 11, 71, 103, 123). In the calendar 'Les reliques de Baieux' occurs on July 1, and ' Saint Rauen & saint Rasiph' in red on July 23.

'A. Cheffault, 1639': 'Canonicorum regularium Ordinis Præmonstratensis venerabilis Sacramenti Parisiensis. Ex dono domini Bonauenturae de Theuenot Parisiensis Sacerdotis et Doctoris 1685.'.


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


158 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 268

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 21842

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, with characteristic miniatures, borders and capitals


7 3/4 Ă— 5 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom