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book of hours

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A book containing Christian prayers and other devotional texts arranged according to the canonical hours and the feast days of the liturgical calendar. Many medieval books of hours, intended for use by wealthy or aristocratic laypeople, are noted for their rich illumination.

book of hours

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(Ecclesiastical Terms) (often capitals) a book used esp in monasteries during the Middle Ages that contained the prayers and offices of the canonical hours
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They concentrate on the Psalter as a devotional book and include Breviaries, Antiphonals, and Books of Hours, in which the Psalms appear as they were used in the medieval liturgy, but not whole Bibles, in which the Psalms also appear but not as liturgy.
Most manuscripts of this age are religious, prayer books and books of hours, but here we have interesting stories of my thology and history.
The second half of The Sense of Sound, Chapters 5-8, explores the internal sound world of prayer through an examination of iconography in Books of Hours and, by extrapolation, plausible connections in terms of like manner of presentation and decoration with a group of motets in the Montpellier Codex.
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.
He turns to deluxe Books of Hours most often, reading from their images--especially those of the Labors of the Months--clear documentation both of the sartorial coding of class and of beliefs about the habits of the lower classes on the part of these books' upper-class owners.
The Arcana collection offers the best examples of their type, ranging from Books Of Hours to works of literature and on the natural world.
Among the topics are collections of books owned by the Percy family, penwork flourishing of initials, hierarchies of decoration in books of hours, and the last Bohun Hours and Psalter.
Many Books of Hours are part of museum collections.
Jean de France, Duc de Berry, son, brother and uncle of successive kings of France, was a notable patron of the arts, commissioning numerous treasures from gold chalices to castles, but he is remembered above all for his interest in manuscripts, especially the personal prayer books known as Books of Hours.
Leaping backwards 400 years, staff have also been engaged in the digitisation of two of the Library's medieval Books of Hours.
These words are found in all medieval Books of Hours, the devotional books made for the laity.
Books of hours, in both manuscript and printed versions, provide valuable clues to the beliefs and devotional habits of medieval people.