31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts

Apocalypse Manuscripts – Day Thirty of Medieval Manuscripts

I'm just going to carry on with this Halloween theme. Apocalypse manuscripts contain St. John the Divine's writings in the Book of Revelation, including supposed details about the end of the world. Remember that the saved and the damned are supposed to have very different experiences in the end, so Apocalypse manuscripts frequently have some pretty extreme… Continue reading Apocalypse Manuscripts – Day Thirty of Medieval Manuscripts

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The Hours of Catherine of Cleves – Day Twenty-Seven of Medieval Manuscripts

The Hours of Catherine of Cleves is a fifteenth-century Dutch book of hours that was owned by a controversial duchess of Guelders. According to the Morgan Library and agreed upon by pretty much every other source I read, the manuscript is "the greatest Dutch illuminated manuscript in the world" (Morgan Library website). The Morgan's description… Continue reading The Hours of Catherine of Cleves – Day Twenty-Seven of Medieval Manuscripts

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The Morgan Library Crusader Bible – Day Twenty-Six of Medieval Manuscripts

I couldn't wrap up thirty-one days of medieval manuscripts without featuring at least one Bible! The Morgan Library's Crusader Bible (MS M.638) was made in Paris in the 1240s. It presents the Old Testament completely in pictures; there's very little text, none of which is original to the book. The manuscript is famous for the… Continue reading The Morgan Library Crusader Bible – Day Twenty-Six of Medieval Manuscripts

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St. Cuthbert’s Gospel – Day Twenty of Medieval Manuscripts

I'm starting to realize that I prefer older (pre-10th century) medieval manuscripts to later ones. I think I'm attracted to older manuscripts' inherent mysteries - we simply don't know as much about their makers or original owners. Accordingly, today's feature is the St. Cuthbert Gospel, a seventh-century English gospel book now owned by the British… Continue reading St. Cuthbert’s Gospel – Day Twenty of Medieval Manuscripts

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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