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form of prayer book developed in the 14th cent. from the prayers of clerics appended to the main service. The subjects of the miniature illustrations (see miniature paintingminiature painting
[Ital.,=artwork, especially manuscript initial letters, done with the red lead pigment minium; the word originally had no implication as to size].
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) were frequently derived from the appendix of the Psalter. The book of hours served as a devotional work containing various prayers and meditations appropriate to seasons, months, days of the week, and hours of the day. Many such books are masterpieces of illuminationillumination,
in art, decoration of manuscripts and books with colored, gilded pictures, often referred to as miniatures (see miniature painting); historiated and decorated initials; and ornamental border designs.
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 and were symbols of refinement and wealth in fashionable houses of the 15th cent. Jean, duc de Berry, was among the most renowned collectors of books of hours, and his Très Riches Heures (Musée Condé, Chantilly), illustrated in part by the Limbourg brothersLimbourg brothers
, fl. 1380–1416, family of Franco-Flemish manuscript illuminators. The Limbourg brothers, Pol, Jan, and Herman, were trained as goldsmiths. They succeeded Jacquemart de Hesdin in 1411 as court painters to Jean, duc de Berry.
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 (c.1415), is among the greatest achievements in this genre.
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Critique: Truly exceptional, inspired and inspiring, "Just Prayer: A Book of Hours for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers" is very highly recommended for pastoral and lay readers alike.
An opulent prayer book from James IV to his new bride Margaret Tudor provides the subject of Elizabeth Morrison's study of marriage, politics, and iconography, and Mary Erler argues that inscriptions in books are 'carriers of social meaning', citing a book of hours owned by Jane Guildford (p.
Early in Sacred Community he quotes Gutenberg Galaxy on 'the desacralizing of the world as the Word becomes technological rather than sacramental,' repeating this later and adding that 'the later, printed books of hours often first appeared as copies of the earlier handwritten texts.' In Through the Vanishing Point (1968) McLuhan illustrates a leaf of the most renowned book of hours, the Limbourg brothers' Tres Riches Heures of the Duc de Berry, of 1412-16, a mainstay for generalisations about medieval manuscript painting, notwithstanding its later 15th-century additions and possible Italian influence, presenting the 'winter' page, for February, this in comparison with Shakespearean winter.
Walker's response is the Book of Hours, and it is eloquent, moving, and powerful.
The medieval "Book of Hours" was a daily prayer book designed for those outside of the walls of the monastery.
In the later Middle Ages the version of illuminated manuscripts entitled "Book of Hours" emerged as highly popular among the gentry.
Brenda Way's thoroughly delightful Book of Hours opened this program of four recent dances.
Some of the extraordinary and beautifully-preserved pieces on show include a book of homilies belonging to Pope Gregory the Great, from the late 12th century, a prayer book belonging to Cardinal Wolsey, the cardinal to Henry VIII, dating between 1400 - 1420, and a book of hours signed by Elizabeth Plantagenet (Elizabeth of York).
The first, an Italian Book of Hours (late 15th or early 16th century), was judged robust enough to be photographed in its entirety, despite showing slight wear from use over the centuries.
The book of hours was the most intimate and important book of the late Middle Ages and that intimacy has left its physical trace in the margins, flyleaves, and blank spaces of those that survive.
A Book of Hours by Thomas Merton and Kathleen Deignan (Sorin Books)