StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS LAT/20
TitleBreviary for the use of Friars Minor
Date15th century
DescriptionManuscript volume, 15th century: Breviarum Ad Usum Fratrum Minorum (Breviary for the use of Friars Minor).

Parchment manuscript bound in red velvet over wooden boards. One hand throughout in red and black with red or blue initials. 18cm.
Extent1 volume containing 295 leaves
AdminHistoryThe Franciscan order, the largest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, was founded in the early 13th century by St Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226), and comprises three orders: the First Order (priests and lay brothers who have sworn to lead a life of prayer, preaching, and penance), divided into three independent branches, the Friars Minor, the Friars Minor Conventual, and the Friars Minor Capuchin; the Second Order (cloistered nuns who belong to the Order of St Clare, known as Poor Clares); and the Third Order (religious and lay men and women who try to emulate Saint Francis' spirit in performing works of teaching, charity, and social service).

This manuscript was written in Italy, probably in the Veneto and probably between 1467 and 1474.
CustodialHistoryThe volume bears the bookplates of (1) Conte Paolo Vimercati-Sozzi and (2) Walter Seton, former College Secretary. Following Seton's death, a fund was raised to buy books of Franciscan interest from his collection
AcquisitionPurchased at the Seton sale at Sotheby's in 1927 and presented to University College London by the British Society of Franciscan Studies and others.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
FindingAidsN R Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries' (London and Oxford, 1969), which summarises the contents of the manuscript; handlist at University College London Special Collections.
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