He had reserved from his annuity his family papers, his library, composed of five thousand volumes, and his famous breviary. All these he bequeathed to me, with a thousand Roman crowns, which he had in ready money, on condition that I would have anniversary masses said for the repose of his soul, and that I would draw up a genealogical tree and history of his house.
"In 1807, a month before I was arrested, and a fortnight after the death of the Count of Spada, on the 25th of December (you will see presently how the date became fixed in my memory), I was reading, for the thousandth time, the papers I was arranging, for the palace was sold to a stranger, and I was going to leave Rome and settle at Florence, intending to take with me twelve thousand francs I possessed, my library, and the famous breviary, when, tired with my constant labor at the same thing, and overcome by a heavy dinner I had eaten, my head dropped on my hands, and I fell asleep about three o'clock in the afternoon.
The last Count of Spada, moreover, made me his heir, bequeathing to me this symbolic breviary, he bequeathed to me all it contained; no, no, make your mind satisfied on that point.
Although she had arranged various colored ribbons to mark the correct pages in the thick breviary
, I kept losing my place as I clumsily flipped from antiphons to psalms to the intercessions.
In 1565, after the council finished its work, Pope Pius IV issued the Roman Catechism and revision of the breviary
and the missal.
During his pontificate, the new breviary
, missal, and catechism were published.
One involves his grandmother Rosa, who on the day of his priestly ordination wrote him a letter that he keeps tucked inside his breviary
and still reads--often.
This was soon followed by Thomas Twyne's English translation, The Breviary
of Britayne (1573).
In this world of polyphonous temporality, bell-ringing washed across the cityscape signifying a broad range of temporalities: to signal the hours of the breviary
, midday, the closing of city gates at dusk, the outbreak of natural disaster, and the regulation of the working day (p.
Wearing an old coat, with a rosary on his neck and another on his fingers, he had only a small bag, which contained a breviary
, the New Testament, some prayer books and an imitation of Christ.
I argue that Il piacere is truly a breviary
, to borrow Cevasco's term, a bible--or in socio-economic terms, a manifesto--for its time.
These include apps--Bible apps, Rosary apps, breviary
apps, and so on (largely for the Catholic tradition) and also apps for other Christian faiths as well as Islam and smaller religious groups like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sikhism, and Jehovah's Witnesses.