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Detailed record for Additional 43473

Title Book of Hours and Calendar of Sarum use with the Psalter of St Jerome and miscellaneous prayers in Latin and French
Origin England
Date 1413-1416
Language Latin and French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 historiated initial in colours on a gold ground with full border in colours with gold (f. 7). Large initials in rose with decoration in blue and white on gold grounds with borders in colours with gold. Numerous initials in gold on red and blue grounds with decoration in white or in gold with decoration in purple. Line-fillers in gold (ff. 55-58). Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 230 x 150 (135 x 85)
Official foliation ff. ii + 130 (f. i is a parchment flyleaf and f. ii is a paper pastedown + 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600.Black morocco, blind-tooled, Riviere and son.
Provenance The Calendar includes the obit of Henry IV at 20 March 1413 (f. 2) in the original hand but omits St John of Beverely (canonised 1416).
Matilda, daughter of Sir John Frogmorton, perhaps belonged to her: obits of her two husbands, 'Ricardi Midilton' (f. 1v) and 'Thome Norton..obiit milessimo cccclxii' (d. 1462) (f. 5) and of her father-in-law, also named 'Thome Grene de Norton' (d. c. 1457) (f. 1).
Hugh Faringdon, last abbot of Reading (executed, 1539), reputedly left by him at Bere Court (see note on f. 129v).
Mary Fitzhugh (b, 1563/4, d. c. 1610), daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Fitzhugh and wife of William Astrey: her birth recorded (f. 97v) at Wavendon, Buckinghamshire, where the Green family owned land.
John Symonds Breedon (d. 1838), a note in his hand on f. 129v records the finding of this manuscript in a drawer at Bere Court, Pangbourne, Berkshire.
A description cut from an unidentified sale catalogue with the price erased, on a paste-down (f. ii).
The Reverend E.S. Dewick (d. 1917), bequeathed by him to Sir George Frederick Warner ( a note in Warner's hand on f. I, dated 1918).
Sir George Frederick Warner, (b. 1845, d.1936), Keeper of Manuscripts, presented by him to the British Museum in 1933: a leather plaque inscribed, 'Presented by Sir G. Warner' on the inside upper binding.
Notes Contents include:
ff. 1-6v: Calendar, with notes in English on the significance of thunder in the lower margins;
ff. 7-47: Hours of the Virgin;
ff. 47r-v: Prayer against thunderstorms;
ff. 105-114v: Psalter of St Jerome with French rubric in red;
f. 117: An indulgence, also found in Harley 1260.
ff. 126v-130 Prayers in French and Latin, including 'Dame seynte Marie meere' (also in Harley 273) and 'Ave Ihesu qui pour vous pechchours' with prologue (Sinclair, French Devotional Texts, First Supplement (1982), no. 5025).
Select bibliography Jean Sonet, Re´pertoire d'incipit de prie`res en ancien franc¸ais (Gene`ve: Droz, 1956), nos. 23, 122, 337.

The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, 1931-1935 (London: British Museum, 1967), pp. 150-52.

Keith V. Sinclair, French Devotional Texts of the Middle Ages: A Bibliographic Manuscript Guide, First Supplement (Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1982), p. 154, no. 5025.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 454, 781, 893, 951, 985.

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The Presentation of Christ

f. 7
The Presentation of Christ

f. 97v

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