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The Hours of the Virgin Mary, Written in the 15th century in England

MS. Wood C. 12
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours of the Virgin Mary (wanting Matins), in Latin, preceded by (p. i) a calendar according to the Sarum use with additions, of which the double occurrence of st. Helen and the Translation of st. Hugh are noticeable, and (p. 1) memoriae and (p. 21) private devotions. The Hours of the Holy Spirit, Trinity, and Cross are worked in after Lauds, and followed by prayers to:

  1. The Virgin (p. 104)
  2. The Septem gaudia (p. 124)
  3. Prayers 'ad imaginem Christi Crucifixi' (p. 132)
  4. 'Oracio venerabilis Bede', etc. (p. 140)
  5. The seven penitential psalms (p. 150)
  6. The fifteen gradual psalms (p. 166)
  7. The litany with stt. Swithin and Birinus among the confessors (p. 170)
  8. 'Vigilie mortuorum' (p. 184)
  9. 'Commendationes animarum' (p. 232)
  10. 'Psalmi de passione' (p. 260)
  11. Psalter of st. Jerome (p. 272)

Wood has added to the calendar births, deaths, and marriages of four generations of his family.

Labelled '109'


  • Creation: Written in the 15th century in England


301 pages

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Wood C. 12

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. II, no. 8571

Custodial History

'Liber Antonii Woode Coll: Mert quem a Josepho Godwin in vico Murilegorum [i.e. Catte street] Oxon' bibliopola (et ille ab executoribus Caroli Tucker LL Dris Abendonensis nuper defuncti) emit Maii iv A.D. MDClxi.'

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, contemporary white leather on boards rebacked, with illuminations


7 5/10 × 5 2/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom