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

MS. Aubrey 31
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours of the Virgin Mary (fol. 39) with those of the Cross interwoven, and:

  1. A calendar (fol. 5)
  2. The fifteen Oes (fol. 18)
  3. A prayer 'Libera me domine' (fol. 27v)
  4. 'Salue regina' (fol. 91v)
  5. The Joys of our Lady (fol. 93v)
  6. Prayers 'Obsecro te' and 'O intemerata' (fol. 100v)
  7. The sequences 'Ave mundi spes Maria', 'Virgo templum Trinitatis', 'Omnibus consideratis' (fol. 105)
  8. Bede on the Seven words (fol. 113)
  9. The prayer 'Precor te piissime' (fol. 120)
  10. Prayers and songs at the elevation of the host (fol. 122v)
  11. The penitential psalms (fol. 125)
  12. Gradual psalms (fol. 134v)
  13. Litany (fol. 137)
  14. Office of the dead (fol. 146)
  15. Psalms of the passion (fol. 193)
  16. Psalter of st. Jerome (fol. 202)

A leaf has been cut out between fols. 27-8.


  • Creation: Written in the 15th century in England


221 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Aubrey 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. 6543

Custodial History

The volume belonged to, and may have been written for, William Appulby, principal of Durham college 1404-9 (fol. 2). It probably remained at Durham college and passed thence into the possession of Margaret (d. 1538), the second wife of Sir Thomas Pope, the founder of Trinity college, Oxford (ib.). Obits of the Pope family are in the calendar.

Other names that occur are Walter Bettis of Wetterden (16th cent.), Robert Dichingley, Aug. 1, 1567 (ib.), Thomas Heyford, Matthew Porter (early 17th cent., fol. 217v), Edmund Knyvet (fol. 219v), Margaret Southwell (mid-17th cent., fol. 220v), and James Bletso, Trinity college, Cambridge, in 1660 (fol. 218).

After 1660 it was acquired by John Aubrey, and given by him to the Ashmolean in 1688 (inner front cover). Fol. 1 has '1660 Pretium 3s.'

Manuscript acquired by the Bodleian Library (55)

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, brown leather on boards, 16th-cent. English work, with 13 full-page illuminations, miniatures, etc.


3 9/10 × 2 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom