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Book of Hours: MS 84

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Book of Hours




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + ii parchment flyleaves + 119 fols. + iii paper flyleaves, 194 x 129 (119 x 77) mm, 20 long lines, ruled in pink ink, one leaf lost between fols. 50 – 51.

BINDING: 19th century, gold-tooled red leather over pasteboard, identical with binding of Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 87.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 6v Calendar; fols. 8r – 11v Hours of the Cross; fols. 13r – 15v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 17r – 23r Mass of the Virgin; fols. 24r – 66v Hours of the Virgin (missing the beginning of Sext); fols. 68r – 73v Office of the Virgin in Advent; fols. 74r – 77v Suffrages; fols. 79r – 89v Penitential Psalms and Litany; fols. 91r – 114v Office of the Dead; fols. 115r – 117r Obsecro te
fol. 117r – 118v O intemerata.

DECORATION: Thirteen full-page framed miniatures with full acanthus and floral borders (inner margins without painted leaves or flowers) at major text divisions: fol. 7v Hours of the Cross, Crucifixion with Virgin, St John, St Mary Magdalene embracing the Cross, sun and moon; fol. 12v Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 16v Mass of the Virgin, Virgin and Child flanked by angel playing harp and another offering bread to Christ; fol. 23v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 35v Lauds, Visitation; fol. 43v Prime, Adoration of the Child with shepherds behind; fol. 47v Terce, Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 54v None, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 58v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 63v Compline, Flight into Egypt; fol. 67v Office of the Virgin in Advent, Coronation of the Virgin; fol. 78v Penitential Psalms, Last Judgement, with Virgin and St John interceding; fol. 90v Office of the Dead, Raising of Lazarus.

Ten historiated initials in dark pink or blue on grounds of the reversed colour within gold frame for Suffrages: fol. 74r [M, 6 ll.] St Michael defeating the devil, [P, 5 ll.] Saints Peter and Paul; fol. 74v [O, 6 ll.] St James the Great as pilgrim; fol. 75r [S, 6 ll.] St Francis showing stigmata; fol. 75v [V, 6 ll.] St Anthony with two pigs; fol. 76r [B, 6 ll.] St Nicholas reviving three boys in tub, [M, 6 ll.] St Mary Magdalene; fol. 76v [V, 6 ll.] St Catherine with sword, wheel, and, Maximus defeated; fol. 77r [E, 6 ll.] St Margaret emerging from dragon; fol. 77v [O, 6 ll.] St Barbara with tower.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue or dark pink white-patterned initials [5 ll.] with foliage infill on gold grounds and full borders facing and matching those of the full-page miniatures at major text divisions; gold initials [2 ll.] on dark pink and blue white-patterned grounds with spraywork extensions; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with black or red pen-flourishing; gold and blue geometric linefillers in Litany; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: Richard, seventh viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745 – 1816), acquired in 1810; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Ghent ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, second quarter#
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1470 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 119 mm Width 77 mm
Page Height 194 mm Width 129 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: meam nunc
  • Location: Fol. 9r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 84
Primary reference Number: 169726
Project ID: 67
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 August 2022 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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