Book of Hours (incomplete)

Scope and Content

Two consecutive vellum leaves from a Book of Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of Roman use, containing part of the office of Lauds. Perhaps written in France in the 15th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

During the late Middle Ages, the Book of Hours developed as a popular devotional text for the laity, who would recite the particular prayer for the hour of the day and time of year according to the ecclesiastical calendar. The accompanying illuminations and miniatures of saints, the Virgin Mary, and Christ provided an opportunity for spiritual reflection and prayer for salvation.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given by Dr. John Geoffrey de Cusance Mead in 1963.

Other Finding Aids

See R. Watson 'Descriptive list of fragments of medieval manuscripts in the University of London Library' (1976).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

7" x 5¼". Lines ruled in red; 2-line initials in gold with red and blue decoration touched with white, from which tracery with red and blue fruit touched in white extends into the left hand margin; initials in gold, with dark blue ornament and in blue with red ornament; gold and blue line fillers; rubricated.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Geographical Names