MS. Bodl. 62
Summary Catalogue no.: 2028
According to the longer use of Sarum, originally made for a priest of some non-monastic foundation; consisting of (fol. 1) a peculiar Hour-service de Sancto Spiritu: (fol. 8) a Calendar, originally pure Sarum, but modified by late 15th cent. Bridgettine and other entries, see also below: (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: (fol. 80) the Penitential Psalms with litany: (fol. 112) the Office for the Dead: (fol. 136v) the Commendatio Animarum. 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.).
Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 690)
Stamped red sheepskin on boards, '+IHESVS MARIA' on a large stamp used twice on each side, with clasp fittings (clasp lost), about a.d. 1500, London work, worm-eaten and worn.
Provenance and Acquisition
At fol. i, is 'Obitus Johannis Boteler patris Henrici Boteler penultimo die Februari, anno regni regis E(dwardi) iiij octavo [a.d. 1468/9] etatis vt dixit iiijxx ix & parte x anni'.
Syon Abbey: liturgical evidence (see above).
Exeter, Franciscan convent: an obit in the calendar of about a.d. 1500 ('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.
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-04-21: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.