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

MS. Barlow 47
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours of the Virgin Mary, imperfect, preceded by a calendar (fol. 1), and followed by memoriae (fol. 34), the penitential psalms and litany (fol. 62), a hymnal, beg. 'Gaude flore virginali' (fol. 79), and private devotions for one 'Gulliermus'.

Leaves have been cut out at fols. 22-3, 41-2, 46-7, 49-50, 74-5.


  • Creation: Written in the 15th cent. in England


150 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Barlow 47

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. 6489

Custodial History

On fol. 1 is 'Liber Thome Barlow è collegio Reg. Oxon., 1647', with his motto 'Aἰε'ν ɑ'ριστεύειν'. At fol. 149v is 'Nativitas Willelmi Milett filii Willelmi Milett erat die Veneris videlicet xvj die Septembris anno regni regis Edwardi tertii xiiij inter horam viij et horam ix ante nonam'. Fol. 150 has 'John Mannyng hys booke' (early 16th cent.), and 15th-cent. verses ending 'Therfor thys booke I geve with exortacioun | To prey for hym the wyche thes wordes hathe seayd | Borne he was in and named Robard Toteayd'.


  • Early prints attached to fol. 1v and inside back cover are nos. 9-10 (Olim 57-8) in E. W. B. Nicholson's card-catalogue of prints.

Physical Facet

On parchment, binding, stamped brown leather on boards


3 × 4 2/5 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom