Date range: 15th-20th centuries
Number of items: 16 items
This small collection of manuscripts written in Dutch mainly comprises devotional and genealogical texts and armorials. Items include:
- An armorial of c.1600 containing 160 emblazoned coats of arms of knights of the Golden Fleece (Dutch MS 6);
- Two 15th-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, 15th-16th centuries (Dutch MS 9);
- A copy of the Martyrology of Usuard, written in 1472 for the nuns of St Lucy, Amsterdam (Dutch MS 10); Usuard, 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), Encylopaedia of the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2000), vol. 2, p. 1490;
- Communion prayers and devotions, mid-15th century (Dutch MS 13).
The Latin Manuscripts include numerous items from the Low Countries.
- Published catalogue: F. Taylor, Supplementary Handlist of Western Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library(Manchester, 1937), pp. 31-4. PDF version available online via Manchester Digital Collections.
- Dutch MSS 8-10 and 12-13 are catalogued in detail in N. R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, III, Lampeter - Oxford (Oxford, 1983), pp. 394-8. Copy available via Special Collections reading rooms.