A Hypertext Book of Hours
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Donal Mac Ruiseart
Donal Mac Ruiseart
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Posted 06/09/05 - 14:06:03:

It would literally take hours to go through the whole site.

With its explanations and translations, this site demytifies the Book of Hours. Almost all of us have heard of the BoH, most frequently as works of art. (Especially the Very Beautiful and Very Rich ones made for the Duke ov Berry!) But just what WAS a Book of Hours and how were they used? This site answers those questions, and also explains how Books of Hours developed and how they were eventually supplanted by the Rosary. It also explains the organization of the calendar our Mediaeval ancestors used.

What this site does not have is any illuminations, which would be useful in explaining the traditions associated with each month and of the saints and other images those books usually conatained.

After perusing the site for a while, I was reminded of just how important religious observance was, at least to some people, in that time.
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