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

MS. Barlow 33
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours of the Virgin Mary, according to the use of Sarum preceded by a commemoration of st. George (fol. iii), miscellaneous prayers and memoriae (fol. iiiv), etc. (fol. xi), all being additions to the original MS. and a Sarum calendar (fol. xvii), followedby:

  1. 'Salve regina' with the gloss 'Salve virgo virginum' (fol. 18)
  2. Prayers 'O intemerata' and 'Obsecro te' (fol. 21)
  3. Sequences 'Virgo templum trinitatis' and 'Omnibus consideratis' (fol. 23)
  4. The seven joys, Bede on the seven words and prayers at the elevation (fol. 26)
  5. The penitential psalms and gradual psalms (fol. 29)
  6. Litany (fol. 34)
  7. Office of the dead (fol. 37)
  8. An added prayer to st. Erasmus (fol. 54v)
  9. The psalms of the Passion (fol. 55)
  10. An added poem 'Jesu lord that madest me' (fol. 57v)

The psalter of st. Jerome (fol. 58) in which has been inserted a quire containing:

  1. The prayer 'Aue sanctissimum corpus' (fol. 63v)
  2. The prayer 'O bone Jesu o dulcissime' (fol. 64)
  3. The prayer 'Domine Jesu Christe qui pendens in cruce' (fol. 65)
  4. The prayer 'Domine Jesu Christe qui voluisti' (fol. 65v)
  5. The prayer 'Deus qui factus es filius' (fol. 66)
  6. the sequence 'Gaude flore virginali' (fol. 66v)
  7. The prayer 'Domine Jesu Christe fili dei viui qui beatam' (fol. 67)
  8. The prayer 'O Maria virgo virginum'
  9. The prayer 'Sancta Maria mater domini' (fol. 67v)
  10. the hymn 'Stella celi extirpauit' (fol. 68)
  11. The prayer 'Confiteor tibi domine Jesu Christe et beate Marie' (fol. 68)
  12. The prayer 'Domine de limo terre' (fol. 71)
  13. The prayer litany (fol. 162)
  14. The prayer '15 Oes' (fol. 165)
  15. The prayer 'Gratias tibi ago domine Jesu Christe quod passionem' (fol. 168)

There are full-page illuminations at fols. xivv, 12v, 17v (mutilated): others have been cut out before each hour, and leaves are missing at fols. 50-1, 88-9. The calendar contains obits of the Latton family: 'memd. quod Johannes Latton armiger obiit xx° die mensis Junii anno ... 1549 et vixit 63 annos et 14 dies et sepultus est apud Blubery in comitatu Berk.', followed by the names of 16 members of the Latton family (fol. xix; cf. fols. iii, 'Thomas Latton' (15th cent.) on fols. 46, 81, and passim, 'John Phipps' (16th cent.)).


  • Creation: Written in the 15th century in England


170 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 33

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. 6488

Custodial History

Fol. 168 'made even with John Freman the Wenysday last low Sunday in the parlor & then payd I to hym 3s 4d' (early 16th cent.).

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capitals and one full-page miniature; binding, red leather on bevelled boards, with one clasp, now lost, 15th-cent. English work, rebacked


8 1/10 × 5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom