Devotional Books

On this page, you can learn more about the various medieval devotional manuscripts in St John’s College Library. This includes Books of Hours and Psalters.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 187, fol. 1r

MS 187

MS 187 contains the Hours of the Holy Spirit, a set of prayers. This manuscript was produced in England c.1475. It contains numerous decorative initials, including a historiated initial depicting the Dove of the Holy Spirit (shown here).

A full catalogue entry is available here.

Oxford, St John’s College, MS 196, fol. 7r

MS 196

MS 196 is a Psalter produced in England c.1475. The calendar includes feast days for major English saints, and the litany includes English confessors. This manuscript includes a historiated initial of David kneeling in prayer with a harp at his feet (shown here).

A full catalogue entry is available here.

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