The Book of Hours – illuminated medieval books

The Book of Hours

The Book of Hours

Image from Zanobi Strozzi [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

From Wikipedia:

The book of hours is a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It is the most common type of surviving medieval illuminated manuscript. Like every manuscript, each manuscript book of hours is unique in one way or another, but most contain a similar collection of texts, prayers and psalms, often with appropriate decorations, for Christian devotion. Illumination or decoration is minimal in many examples, often restricted to decorated capital letters at the start of psalms and other prayers, but books made for wealthy patrons may be extremely lavish, with full-page miniatures.

Books of hours were usually written in Latin (the Latin name for them is horae), although there are many entirely or partially written in vernacular European languages, especially Dutch. The English term primer is usually now reserved for those books written in English. Tens of thousands of books of hours have survived to the present day, in libraries and private collections throughout the world.

The typical book of hours is an abbreviated form of the breviary which contained the Divine Office recited in monasteries. It was developed for lay people who wished to incorporate elements of monasticism into their devotional life. Reciting the hours typically centered upon the reading of a number of psalms and other prayers.

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More about The Book of Hours from an interesting blog:

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-book-of-hours.html

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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright trilogy, a saga set in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.  She became  interested in illuminated books while researching her books in Scotland, where she was introduced to The Book of Deer.

Read about The Book of Deer at this link: The Book of Deer – illuminated manuscript from Scotland.

Read about the Dark Birthright Saga at this link: http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com

Old recipes for baked meat pies

Meat Pies

Meat Pies

 

Bakemete is a Middle-English word meaning pie – literally a ‘baked meat’. One pictured is a re-creation of one served during the third course of Henry VI’s coronation in 1429. It is described as “a bake mete lyke a shylde, quarteryd red and whyte, set with losynges gylt, and floures of borage”. The red colour in this re-creation was achieved with powdered red sanders wood…
Read more:
http://www.historicfood.com/Pie%20recipe2.htm

(from HistoricFood.Com)

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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright trilogy, a saga set in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.   Meat pies are mentioned in her books.

Read about the Dark Birthright Saga at this link: http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com

Eustache the Monk – Medieval Outlaw or Hero?

Eustace’s death at the Battle of Sandwich (13th century illustration by Matthew Paris)  – Wikimedia Commons

Eustace’s death at the Battle of Sandwich (13th century illustration by Matthew Paris) – Wikimedia Commons

Eustache the Monk – Medieval Outlaw or Hero?

Quite a story…
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Jeanne Treat is the author of the Dark Birthright Trilogy, a saga set in 17th century Scotland, England, and the Colonies.
Read about it at:
http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com