St John's College MS. 187
Hours of the Holy Spirit
The confessors include Alban, Thomas (erased), Edmund, Fremund, Kenelm, Oswald, Medard, Gildard, Albinus, Swithin, Birine, Edmund, Francis, Edward; the virgins begin with Anne and Bridget and include Petronella, Genevieve, Praxed, Sother, Prisca, Tecla, Affra, Edith, as well as Winifred and Ursula. The litany is followed by half a dozen prayers.
An English rubric on fol. 103; the commendation followed by prayers, ‘O Beata intemerata’ at fol. 110 with Marian prayers; ‘Ad proprium angelum Angele qui meus es custos pietate superna’ at fol. 114 (the explicit).
Suffrages: prayers to John the Baptist, Thomas Becket, Christopher, ‘herasinus’, Anthony, Joachim, Mary Magdalen, Katherine, Barbara, Winifred, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, all saints, and Jesus on the cross. Fols. 125–6v were originally blank, although ruled.
Two prayers to Dorothea, each of the four added prayers in a different textura of s. xv ex.
a prayer to Ursula.
In long lines, 18 lines to the page. Prickings; bounded and ruled in violet ink.
Written in rough gothic textura quadrata. Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, punctus interrogativus, and double point.
At major divisions, 5-line champes on gold leaf with painted leaves and flowers within the letters and blue, green, and violet floral sprays with gold leaf (a few extended into demivinets).
At minor divisions, 2-line champes with green and gold leaf sprays.
Verses set off with 1-line alternate lombards, blue on red flourishing and red on navy flourishing.
Red and blue line-fillers.
On the hand of the floral sprays, see Scott’s comments in the description of our MS 179.
On fol. 1, a historiated champe, the dove of the Holy Spirit; other champes for the Hours include a leaf design.
See AT, no. 547 (53), dating s. xv med.
A modern replacement. Sewn on four thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf and three modern paper flyleaves; at the rear, a vellum leaf, two modern paper flyleaves, and another marbled paper leaf (v–viii).
Provenance and Acquisition
No information; the entry at MLGB Supp., p. 65, is predicated on entries referring to Bridget, Henry V, and ‘fratres et sorores’ in a calendar and refers to some other book, not at St John’s.
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Funding of Cataloguing
Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust
Last Substantive Revision
2021-08: First online publication