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MS. Bodl. 62

Summary Catalogue no.: 2028


Book of Hours, Use of Sarum

According to the longer use of Sarum, originally made for a priest of some non-monastic foundation; consisting of:

1. (fol. 1)
A peculiar Hour-service de Sancto Spiritu
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 8)
A Calendar, originally pure Sarum, but modified by late 15th century Bridgettine and other entries
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 14)
The Hours, varying according to the season (see fols. 53, 58v, etc.), with the Hours of the Cross and of the Compassion of the Virgin worked in at fols. 32v, 33, etc., and with leaves wanting before fols. 14, 63
Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 80)
Penitential Psalms with litany
Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 112)
Office for the Dead
Language(s): Latin
6. (fol. 136v)
Commendatio Animarum
Language(s): Latin

There are many 15th century Bridgettine additions or substitutions at fols. 29 (memoriae), 63–80, 102–11, 116, 149 and 150 ('Preces Capitulares', disciplinares, etc.)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 153 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.375 × 5.5 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 690:

Fine borders



Stamped red sheepskin on boards, '+IHESVS MARIA' on a large stamp used twice on each side, with clasp fittings (clasp lost), about 1500 CE, London work, worm-eaten and worn.


Origin: 14th century, end ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

At fol. i, is 'Obitus Johannis Boteler patris Henrici Boteler penultimo die Februari, anno regni regis E(dwardi) iiij octavo [1468/9 CE] etatis vt dixit iiijxx ix & parte x anni'.

Syon Abbey: liturgical evidence (see above).

Exeter, Franciscan convent: an obit in the calendar of about 1500 CE ('In festo sancte Margaretæ. Obitus domini Johannis Bridgeman et dominæ Aliciæ consortis, benefactorum nostri ordinis precipuorum ...' fol. 11) is noted by John Barcham to refer to the Friars Minor of Exeter. To them the volume must have come from the Bridgettines (presumably of Isleworth in Middlesex).

Finally John Barcham, of Exeter, Fellow of Corpus Christi college, Oxford, who owned the book in 1597, annotated the calendar so as to show the pre-Reformation feasts, obits, etc. of his college

He apparently presented the manuscript (if it can represent the 'Rituale' of the Benefactors' Register) to the Bodleian in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford III (1973), no. 690 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

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