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Book of Hours: MS 1-2000

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Book of Hours


Binder: Proctor, Robert




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern paper flyleaves + 125 fols. + i parchment flyleaf (fragment from a fourteenth-century Antiphonal with Office for the Common of Virgins) + iii modern paper flyleaves, 170 x 116 (109 x 66) mm, 15 long lines, ruled in dark pink ink, leaves lost between fols. 12 – 13, 30 – 31.

BINDING: sixteenth-century, brown leather over wooden boards, sewn on four supports, blind-tooled centre and corner design, traces of two fastening devices on fore-edge; repaired and rebound by Robert Proctor, Fitzwilliam Museum, in 2000.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r – 12v Calendar (in French); fols. 13r – 15v Hours of the Cross (begin imperfectly)' fols. 16r – 19v Hours of the Holy Spirit; fols. 20r – 66v Hours of the Virgin (imperfect); fols. 67r – 82v Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 83r – 114v Office of the Dead (imperfect); fols. 115r – 116v Gospel Sequence of St John; fols. 116v – 117r Prayer Protector in te sperantium deus
fols. 117r – 118v Hymn Veni creator spiritus; fols. 118v – 120v Prayer Mon benoist dieu ie croi ; fols. 121r – 122v Seven Prayers of St Gregory (in French)
fols. 123r – 125r Seven Sorrows of the Virgin; fosl. 125r – 125v Prayer Ave maria ancilla sancte trinitatis (ends imperfectly).

DECORATION: Four large framed miniatures with full strewn-flower borders for major text divisions: fol. 16r Hours of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost; fol. 20r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation; fol. 67r Penitential Psalms, David penitent; fol. 83r Office of the Dead, Raising of Lazarus, skull and bones in border.

Six historiated initials with one-sided strewn-flower panel borders for lesser text divisions: fol. 42r Hours of the Virgin, Prime, [D, 5 ll.] Adoration of the Child; fol. 47r Terce, [D, 5 ll.] Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 50r Sext, [D, 5 ll.] Presentation in the Temple; fol. 53r None, [D, 5 ll.] Adoration of the Magi; fol. 56r Vespers, [D, 6 ll.] Flight into Egypt; fol. 62r Compline, [C, 4 ll.] Massacre of the Innocents.

ORNAMENTATION: Liquid gold initials [1 – 3 ll.] on dark pink and blue grounds; capitals highlighted in yellow, calligraphic initials in rubrics and descenders in last line of text.


History note: William Kerr, second Marquis of Lothian (d.1722); fragment of a cutting from an English sale catalogue: ‘155 Monk’s MS.’; Tom Bendham, 1 Priory Walk, London; presented by him to the Museum in honour of his father, Henry Bendham, in 2000.

Place(s) associated

  • Cambridge (Cambs.) ⪼ Cambridgeshire ⪼ England
  • Brabant ⪼ Southern Netherlands ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000) by Bendham, Tom


16th Century, Late
Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1500 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 109 mm Width 66 mm
Page Height 170 mm Width 116 mm

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: [illu]sus induitur
  • Location: Fol. 14r
  • Type: Second folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 1-2000
Primary reference Number: 170638
Project ID: 1258
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 August 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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