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Detailed record for Royal 2 B XV

Title Book of Hours
Origin England
Date c. 1501-1510
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 17 full or half-page miniatures in colours and gold, often with full foliate borders containing drolleries (ff. 9v, 10v, 15v, 21v, 31v, 35v, 38v, 41v, 44v, 49, 52, 53v, 54, 54v, 55v, 58v, 86v). 7 smaller miniatures in colours and gold, sometimes located in the margins (ff. 56, 60, 60v, 61, 63, 65, 66v). Miniature of Thomas of Canterbury erased (f. 65), and a space left for a miniature (f. 67v). 14 historiated initials in colours and gold (ff. 12, 13v, 32v, 36v, 39v, 42v, 45v, 49v, 59, 62, 63v, 70v, 114, 126), or large foliate initials in colours and gold (ff. 16, 22, 48, 87, 134), with full foliate borders containing drolleries, and sometimes small miniatures (f. 13v, 49), at the beginning of major divisions. 'Champ' initials in gold on rose and blue grounds with penwork decoration in blue and foliate extensions. Initials in gold with dark blue pen-flourishing and in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line-fillers in gold and blue.
Dimensions in mm 330 x 240 (205 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 144 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end; f. 1 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green velvet with older silver-gilt corner pieces and centre-plaque with initials 'M. R.'; gilt edges.
Provenance Thomas Butler, 7th earl of Ormond, (d. 1515): made for him, or for some other member of his family: a list of obits of members of his family, in calendar order: James Butler, 5th earl of Ormond and 1st earl of Wiltshire (b. 1420, d. 1461), 'Obitus Jacobi comitis Wilts', Edward, prince of Wales, 'Obitus Edwardi principis', Catherine, 'Obitus Katerine', Henry VI, (b. 1421, d. 1471), Avive, daughter of Sir Richard Stafford and Maud Lovel, wife of James 5th Earl of Ormond (d. 1457), 'Obitus Avive comitisse Wilts', Joan, first wife of James 4th earl of Ormond, 'Obitus Iohanne comitisse Ormond', James 4th earl of Ormond (b. 1392, d. 1452), 'Obitius Iacobi comitis Ormond', Elizabeth, countess of Shrewsbury, sister of 5th, 6th, and 7th earls of Ormond (d. 1473), 'Obitus Elizabeth comitisse Salop.', John, 6th earl of Ormond (d. c. 1477), 'Obitus Johannis comitis Ormond', Lore, 2nd wife of Thomas, 7th earl of Ormond (d. c. 1501), 'Obitus Lore comitisse Ormond', Anne, 1st wife of Thomas, 7th earl of Ormond (d. 1485), 'Anne comitisse Ormond', Joan Fitzalan, Lady Bergavenny, mother of the 4th earl's wife and grandmother of James, John, Thomas, and Elizabeth (d. 1435), 'Obitus Johanne domine Bergevenny' (ff. 2r-2v).
The calendar includes the obit of Henry VI, (b. 1421, d. 1471), king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine in red (21st May, f. 5): 'Obitus Regis Henrici sexti'; and of his wife Margaret of Anjou (b. 1430, d.1482), queen of England, 'Obitus Margarete Regine'.
Southwick chapel, given by William Frost and his wife Juliane: erased inscription, 'Orate pro animabus Willelmi Froste et Juliane uxoris eius, qui hunc librum dederunt remanere imperpetuum ad orandum beate Marie in ista capelle de Suthwyke' (ff. 3, 4); to be identified with William Frost named as trustee for property of Thomas, 7th earl of Ormond, in a patent of livery, 12th December 1515 (See Warner and Gilson, 1921).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes a list of obits of the members of Ormond family (ff. 2r-v) and a calendar (ff. 3-8v).
The same obit list is included in Harley 2887.
Catchwords in decorated frames.
Suffrage, oratio and portrait of Thomas erased (ff. 29v, 65).
Select bibliography Frederic Madden, 'Genealogical and Historical Notes from Ancient Calenders', Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, I (1834), pp. 280-01.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), I, pp. 49-50.

D. H. Turner, 'The Prayer-Book of Archbishop Arnulf of Milan', Revue Bénédictine, 70 (1960), 360-92 (p. 362).

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 362.

Kathleen L. Scott, 'A Mid-Fifteenth Century English Illuminating Shop And Its Customers', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 31 (1968), 170-96 (p. 177 n. 33).


Images
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f. 2


f. 5


f. 10v
 


f. 12
Scenes from the lives of Christ and the Virgin

f. 15v
Scenes from the lives of Christ and the Virgin


f. 16
 
Visitation

f. 21v
Visitation


f. 31v


f. 39v
 


f. 45v


f. 49


f. 53v
 


f. 54


f. 54v


f. 55v
 
Christ

f. 58v
Christ
Guardian angel

f. 66v
Guardian angel
Christ raising Lazarus

f. 86v
Christ raising Lazarus
 
Christ raising Lazarus

f. 86v
Christ raising Lazarus


f. 126

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