(1) The present Book of Hours was written and illuminated in Bruges in the 1460s but destined for the thriving English export market. It follows the Use of Sarum and the Calendar includes many feasts of English Saints, notably SS. Cedd (2 March), Edward (18 March in red), Cuthbert (20 March in red), Guthlac (11 April) and Dunstan (May 19). The suffrage to Thomas Becket and the feast day for his translation in the Calendar (7 July in red) have survived completely unscathed. A note by the binder inside the lower cover mentions that this Book of Hours was used in the Roman Catholic chapel at Hengrave Hall (built 1538), and the manuscript may well have been in use by Catholic recusants since the Reformation in the sixteenth century.
(2) Thomas Rookwood, 1726: his ex-libris on fol.135v, and name on fol.1v.
(3) Sir Thomas Rokewode-Gage, 8th Baronet (1810-66), of Hengrave Hall, Suffolk: his ex-libris on fol.1v.
The text includes: a Calendar (fol.6r); the Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden (fol.12r); Suffrages to the Saints (fol.19v); the Hours of the Virgin with Matins (fol.29r), Lauds (fol.35v), Prime (fol.47v), Terce (fol.51r), Sext (fol.53r), None (fol.55r), Vespers (fol.57r) and Compline (fol.59r); the Seven Penitential Psalms (fol.65rv) including a litany starting on fol.74v; the Office of the Dead (fol.82r); the Psalms of the Passion (fol.116r); the Prayer of Bede Domine Iesu Christi qui septem verba, added by a contemporary English scribe (fol.125r)
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