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Book of Hours


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 207 fols. + ii paper flyleaves, 121 x 84 (66 x 46) mm, 14 long lines, ruled in red and brown ink

BINDING: 19th century, gold-tooled red leather over pasteboard, Dutch gilt endpapers.

CONTENTS: fol. 1r ownership inscriptions (addition); fols. 1v – 2r shields of arms (addition); fols. 2v – 4v family register (addition); fols. 5v – 6r shields of arms (addition); fols. 7r – 18v Calendar; fols. 19r – 24v Gospel Sequences of Saints John, Luke and Matthew; fols. 25r – 34v Hours of the Cross; fols. 35r – 36r Gospel Sequence of St Mark; fols. 37r – 136r Hours of the Virgin; fols. 137r – 160v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 162r – 198v Office of the Dead
fols. 199r – 203v Suffrages; fols. 204v – 206r shields of arms (addition); fol. 207v ownership inscriptions (addition).

DECORATION: Eighteen large framed miniatures [10 ll.] in semi-grisaille at major text divisions, with full floral borders including birds, animals, grotesques, angels, and hunting scenes on coloured grounds (except in Suffrages): fol. 19r Gospel Sequences, St John on Patmos, with eagle; fol. 21r St Luke writing, ox walking into room; fol. 23r St Matthew looking at pen, angel holding book; fol. 25r Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion; fol. 35r Gospel Sequence of St Mark, St Mark at desk, with lion; fol. 37r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation with St Barbara and manuscript patron, Quieret arms with Wavrin surcharge in border; fol. 63r Lauds, Visitation; fol. 81r Prime, Adoration of the Child; fol. 90r Terce, Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 98v Sext, Adoration of the Magi; fol. 106r None, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 113v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 127r Compline, Flight into Egypt; fol. 137r Penitential Psalms, David penitent; fol. 162r Office of the Dead, Skeleton standing on tombstone in charnel-house, motto ‘remors de mors’ and two monograms joined with cord in border; fol. 199r Suffrages, St Barbara with manuscript patron kneeling in prayer, Quieret arms with Wavrin surcharge in border; fol. 200r St Mary Magdalene kneeling in prayer at foot of Cross; fol. 201r St Christopher carrying the Christ Child, with hermit.

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initials [4 ll.] on black grounds beneath miniatures; gold initials [2 ll.] on black and brown grounds, accompanied by floral outer border (incorporating people, grotesques and animals); 1 l. gold initials on black and brown grounds; capitals highlighted in yellow; line-fillers in gold on black and brown grounds.

Drawings of shields of arms with family names inscribed above them: fol. 1v Quieret, Wavrin, Quieret-Wavrin, Poix, Roubais; fol. 2r Isque, Deule, Quieret-Wavrin-Isque, De Bars, Monck; fol. 5v Noyelles, Fiennes, Noyelles, Laviesville, Poix; fol. 6r Mailli (Maelgy), Marles, Noyelles-Mailli, Rossignon, Caiev; fol. 204v Bootzelar, Langneracht, Bootzelar, Rechtren, Plame; fol. 205r Mol, Heck, Bootzelar-Mol, Appelterren, Arkel; fol. 205v Arkel, Culenborch, Arkel, Linden, Gultersswick; fol. 206r Broechvisen, Haesten, Arkel-Broechvisen, Brederode, Vandrich.


History note: Made for Gauvain Quiéret (c.1433 – before July 1470), seigneur de Heuchin, Equancourt, and Zunelande, depicted on fols. 37r and 199r in armour and wearing an overcoat with the arms of the Quiéret family with Wavrin surcharge, the same arms are in the borders; 16th century inscriptions tracing the ownership of the manuscripts from ‘Antonine de Bours, demoiselle de Marles’ to ‘Marie Quyeret, dame de Marles’ and daughter of Gauvain Quiéret, who gave it to her son Adrien de Noyelles, next to his wife, ‘Walleburge de Boetzelar’, who gave it to her son Adrien de Noyelles, seigneur de Marles, and then to his wife Marie (fols. 1r, 207v); register of the Noyelles family for the period 1526 – 1624 (fols. 2v – 4v) and arms of families related to them (fols. 1v – 2r, 5v – 6r, 204v – 206r); Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1814; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Picardy ⪼ Northern France ⪼ France
  • Artois ⪼ Northern France ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Third quarter of 15th Century
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1470 CE

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment Page Height 121 mm Width 84 mm
Text Height 66 mm Width 46 mm

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: perhyberet de lumine
  • Location: Fol. 20r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 108
Primary reference Number: 169671
Project ID: 351
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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