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Hours. Fragment of a Book of Hours (Dominican use)

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Hours. Fragment of a Book of Hours (Dominican use)
early 15th century
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Extent and format
Vellum; ff. 69.
Unbound fragment in a box.
Scope and content
Fragment of a Book of Hours of Dominican use; Written in England, for a nunnery, cf. the inscription in red at the foot of fol. 55:- 'Orate pro anima sororis Emme Wyntyr que fieri fecit istum librum' (Ker, MMBL, I (1969), 315, suggests an identification with Emma Winter, nun of the Dominican priory at Dartford, who owned Downside MS 26542). Present contents:- (1) Penitential Psalms, beginning imperfectly with Psalm 37. fols. 1-7v;- (2) Litany and collects, etc., including, fol. 14v, a memoria of St Christina. fols. 8-14v;- (3) Office of the Dead, noted, fols. 14v-54;- (4) Processional and other noted chants for Palm Sunday and Holy Week, beginning with the 'Pueri Hebraeorum' and ending imperfectly with 'Dominus Jesus' (for the Washing of the Feet, Maundy Thursday). fols. 55-69v. St Dominic is doubled in the litany. English rubrics to the prayers, fols. 52v-4. Further details in Ker, ibid., 315. A few penwork initials decorated with faces, e.g. fol. 33v.
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This manuscript can not be accessed due to its very fragile state.