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Dutch Manuscripts

Date range: 15th–20th centuries.

16 items, mainly devotional and genealogical texts and armorials.

These include:

  • an armorial of c.1600 containing 160 emblazoned coats of arms of knights of the Golden Fleece (Dutch ms 6)
  • two fifteenth-century Horae in the translation of Geert Groote (Dutch mss 8 and 12)
  • a devotional manuscript containing a translation of De Imitatione Christi, the life and miracles of St Barbara, and sermons, fifteenth-sixteenth centuries (Dutch ms 9)
  • a copy of the Martyrology of Usuard, written in 1472 for the nuns of St Lucy, Amsterdam (Dutch ms 10)1
  • communion prayers and devotions, mid-fifteenth century (Dutch ms 13)

1Usuard, a Benedictine monk in the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, who is said to have died around 875-7, was the author of a martyrology widely used throughout the Middle Ages: André Vauchez et al. (eds), Encylopedia of the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2000), vol. 2, p. 1490.

Finding aids

  • F. Taylor, Supplementary Handlist of Western Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1937), pp. 31-4.
  • N.R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, III, Lampeter - Oxford (Oxford, 1983), pp. 394-8.


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