The rubric, which begins at the end of the recto and continues over on to the verso, represents an indulgence which will grant to the person saying the prayer a reduction of their time in Purgatory. If I am reading it correctly, it seems to suggest that the reduction is 14,000 years x 40 x 40, which seems a long time for one little prayer, but I guess it's just a blink when compared to infinity.

This is followed by a prayer directed to Christ on the cross, and referencing the crown of thorns. This is then followed by the beginning of a second prayer which refers to Christ's wounds being washed in gall and vinegar.

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Book of Hours, later 15th century. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.

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