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Books of Hours

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Originally an addition to the end of the Psalter or Book of Psalms, the first separate Book of Hours known in England was attributed to the artist William de Brailes between 1230 and 1260. By the end of the 13th century the Book of Hours had become a favourite prayerbook of ordinary people throughout Western Europe and in the years that followed its popularity spread. Ofte ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 13th 1996 by Phaidon Press
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Apr 03, 2016 Helen rated it liked it
Nice little book, representing miniatures from lesser known books of hours, in roughly the same size and shape as the originals. The reproductions are generally good and the colours (there are none in B&W) are probably quite true. The book is let down though by an overly complicated reference at the back. There is a great deal of real estate on every page, despite the small size, and it would have made the experience a far more pleasing one had the artist/year/gallery been printed at the foo ...more
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Feb 07, 2012 John Osman rated it really liked it
This book appears to be one of those bathroom books - it is a miniature or palm-size book consisting mainly of illustrations - but it is so much more. It is a Gentle Introduction to the English Catholic Books of Hours of the Middle Ages.

The introduction does a good job of explaining the usage of the Books of Hours in the late Middle Ages in England. There are subsequent sections on the Calendar, Sequences from the Gospels, Prayers and Hours to the Virgin. the Cross and the Holy Spirit, Penitenti
Aaron Carlberg
The "Books of Hours" were collections of devotional texts which became a favorite of people in western Europe by the end of the 13th century. This is a recreation (many of the plates in the actual size) of one of the book of hours.
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