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The Hours of the Virgin Mary according to the use of Sarum, Written in the 15th century in England

MS. Barlow 31
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours of the Virgin Mary according to the use of Sarum, preceded by a much mutilated calendar in which the 'dedication of st. Bridget' has been inserted at February 14 (fol. iv), and followed by:

  1. A hymn based on '... filii Eve ad te suspiramus gementes' (fol. 17)
  2. A hymn based on 'O intemerata' (fol. 19)
  3. A hymn based on 'O domina glorie, o regina leticie' (fol. 19v)
  4. A hymn based on 'Obsecro te domina sancta' (fol. 20)
  5. A hymn based on the seven joys (fol. 21v)
  6. A hymn based on the sequence 'Virgo mater pietatis' (fol. 22v)
  7. A hymn based on 'Adiuro te dyabole' (fol. 23)
  8. A prayer 'O domine J.C. in tuam protectionem' (fol. 23v)
  9. Bede on the seven words (fol. 24v), 'Omnibus confessis et contentis hanc oracionem dicentibus inter elevationem corporis Christi et tercium agnus dei dominus papa Bonefacius concessit duo milia annorum indulgenciarum ad supplicationem regis Francie': beg. 'O domine J.C. qui hanc sacratissimam' (fol. 26v)
  10. The Passion, according to st. John (fol. 27)
  11. Followed by prayers to various saints and the penitential (fol. 32) and 15 pss. and litany (fol. 35v), the office of the dead (fol, 36v), and the psalter of st. Jerome

(leaves are missing at fols. 23-4, 39-40, 49-50)


  • Creation: Written in the 15th century in England


68 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 31

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. 6486

Custodial History

'Charles Smith is my name' and 'Anthony Rudde owe this booke' (fol. 27, cf. fols. 28, 45) and verses beg. 'Thomas Shipse is my name' (fol. 27v) were all written in the 16th cent.

Physical Facet

On parchment


8 1/5 × 5 3/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom