Latin, French. In Latin and French, Gothic minuscule script.
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[Tournai, 1486 or 1497.]
1 v. (168 leaves): vellum, 20 cm.
Reported to: Bibliothèque Nationale pre-1600 manuscript census.
Open for research; material must be requested at least 24 hours in advance of intended use.
Included are the following parts: Calendar, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Ghost, Hours of the Virgin, Office of the Dead, Penitential Psalms, Lessons from the Four Gospels, Litany of the Saints, and Diverse prayers. There are five miniatures and twenty large initials done in the Franco-Flemish style which followed the school of the brothers Van Eyck; the illumination also shows the influence of the School of Fouquet.
Gift of B. F. Schlesinger.
Mary was the most popular expression of faith and devotion in the Middle Ages and her prayer book, the Book of Hours, was a favorite of lay persons throughout Europe. Many copies were executed by the finest artists of the period and were viewed among the rich as status symbols.