Early books of scripture or theology were written by hand by monastic scribes. The most elegant—and expensive—of these manuscripts were illuminated: lit up by pictures and other embellishments in bright pigments and gold leaf. In the thirteenth century, universities joined monasteries and abbeys in creating demand for books, and production of illuminated manuscripts spread from the monastery to professional workshops. By the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, clergy, landowners, and merchants alike might own a Book of Hours, a collection of Christian prayers and devotions for different hours of the day. The images in this calendar are from a variety of books created in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries; all are in the collection of the British Library.
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120 pages with Wire-O binding and a soft cover with flaps
Size: 6 x 8¼ in.
Published with the British Library