Pro rege infirmo


The author of the prayers pays special deference to three saints of the Counter-Reformation: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen; St. Felix of Cantalice; and St. Joseph of Leonessa; and attempts to link Bourbon supremacy with the legendary rule of St. Louis IX (1214-1270). A unique illuminated manuscript apparently created in France during the reign either of Louis XIII (1610-1643) or of Louis XIV (1643-1715). While its decoration shares similarities with baroque ornamentation, and its script style matches that of Getty Ms. 11a, this manuscript is more rugged, and is unlikely to have been executed for anyone in the immediate orbit of the royal court. Text in Latin; headings in French. Not created before 1610.

In Collection:
Subject Language Identifier
  • Shelf Mark: Ms.Lat.10
  • Call Number: BX2080 P76 1610
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 27 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations, music ; 26 cm
Alternative title
  • Book of hours : a decorated prayer book
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 46, 2
Additional physical characteristics
  • In near-contemporary leather and paper binding. Coat of arms affixed to front board depicts a knight's helmet above a green-painted shield, presenting a rooster resting atop a castle flanked by two lions and three fleur-de-lis, all in yellow on a red field. Spine perished. Quire 1 (folios 1-6) detached. Single column; around 11 lines per page. Some pages frame-ruled. Illuminated initials. Unfinished decoration on folios 2r, 4v-9r, 11v-12v. Folios 1-12, vellum; folios 13-15, paper; folios 16-17 wanting.
  • Includes manuscript score (page 27). Neumatic notation.
  • Neumatic notation.
Physical repository Collection
  • Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection
  • Purchased from Hindman on the Medieval Manuscripts Fund.
Provider Genre Is referenced by Date digitized
  • March 10, 2023
Technical note
  • Scanned on Betterlight/TTI 600 DPI TIFF (1/20; 263; copy4 tone; camera height 1200) by PD. Metadata by KD.
  • Contact Special Collections and University Archives for access to the original manuscript and for reproduction requests (fee for reproductions). This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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