31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts

The Book of Durrow – Day Seventeen of Medieval Manuscripts

The Book of Durrow has always been fascinating to me, probably because it was the first medieval manuscript I studied in college. The Book of Durrow is stylistically related to the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels, both of which I've previously discussed, but the Book of Durrow pre-dates the other two. In fact, it is the earliest-known… Continue reading The Book of Durrow – Day Seventeen of Medieval Manuscripts

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October in the Calendar Pages – Day Thirteen of Medieval Manuscripts

I have October on the mind today, so I figured I would run with that. Medieval books of hours, much like today's day planners (if anyone even uses those anymore), often included calendar pages for each month of the year. These weren't the sort of calendars you might write down your appointments in, however. Instead, they… Continue reading October in the Calendar Pages – Day Thirteen of Medieval Manuscripts

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The Luttrell Psalter – Day Ten of Medieval Manuscripts

I'm sure it hasn't escaped the notice of my readers, intelligent folks that you all are, that I've been a little behind on 31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts for a few days now. Unfortunately, sometimes the need for actual sleep has to take priority over other things, particularly when one needs to wake up very… Continue reading The Luttrell Psalter – Day Ten of Medieval Manuscripts

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The Black Hours – Day Five of Medieval Manuscripts

Earlier today, I came across an article on medievalists.net entitled "Top 10 Most Beautiful Medieval Manuscripts", and I decided that today's featured manuscript would be one of those ten. (I also felt validated to see that my day two pick, the Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, made the expert's list.) The Black Hours owned by the… Continue reading The Black Hours – Day Five of Medieval Manuscripts

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A Fourteenth-Century Italian Choir Book – Day Three of Medieval Manuscripts

Today, I decided to feature a larger-scale manuscript to contrast yesterday's pint-sized Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux. I recently read a past issue of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin about illustrated Italian choir books and thought that it would make a perfect subject for today's post. Choir books tend to be fairly large, since their contents have to be easily visible… Continue reading A Fourteenth-Century Italian Choir Book – Day Three of Medieval Manuscripts

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The Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux – Day Two of Medieval Manuscripts

Today's manuscript is the Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux, a selection that isn't nearly as famous as yesterday's Book of Kells but is widely known in art history. The Hours of Jeanne d'Evreux is an example of a book of hours, a calendar of prayers for the hours of the day and the main religious events of the year.… Continue reading The Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux – Day Two of Medieval Manuscripts

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The Book of Kells – Day One of Medieval Manuscripts

It only seems appropriate to start off 31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts with the Book of Kells, as it is arguably the world's most iconic illuminated manuscript. The Book of Kells is a gospel book written and decorated by British or Irish monks in the first century AD (most likely c. 800 AD). It is named… Continue reading The Book of Kells – Day One of Medieval Manuscripts

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WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #7: Contrast, Controversy, and the Cloisters Cross

Today’s prompt told me to write about a contrast between two things. The first idea that came to mind for me was contrasting points of view or interpretations. Have you ever been in a situation where you and someone else experienced the exact same thing at the exact same time, yet both of you were… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #7: Contrast, Controversy, and the Cloisters Cross