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The Fifteen Oes

Vol. 61 The Fifteen Oes and Other Prayers

In 1491, at the command of two royal ladies – Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, Henry’s mother – William Caxton published a small collection of prayers in Latin and English (STC 20195). The volume is now known as ‘The Fifteen Oes’ from its opening set of prayers.

Vol. 36 The ‘Exhortacion’ from ‘Disce Mori’

Purchase this volume Edited from Oxford, Jesus College, MS 39. Edited by E.A. Jones E.A. Jones (ed.)  The fifteenth-century English compilation Disce Mori begins as an almost archetypal manual of religious instruction in the tradition of the Somme Le roi/Miroir du monde. However, in its concluding part, or ‘Exhortacion’, it turns to the more specific concerns of its female dedicatee… Read More »Vol. 36 The ‘Exhortacion’ from ‘Disce Mori’