French Books of Hours Paperback

Making an Archive of Prayer, C.1400-1600

by Virginia Reinburg;

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French Books of Hours

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The Book of Hours was a 'best-seller' in medieval and early modern Europe, the era's most commonly produced and owned book. This interdisciplinary study explores its increasing popularity and prestige, offering a full account of the Book of Hours as a book - how it was acquired, how it was read to guide prayer and teach literacy and what it meant to its owners as a personal possession. Based on the study of over 500 manuscripts and printed books from France, Virginia Reinburg combines a social history of the Book of Hours with an ethnography of prayer. Approaching the practice of prayer as both speech and ritual, she argues that a central part of the Book of Hours' appeal for lay people was its role as a bridge between the liturgy and the home. Reinburg describes how the Book of Hours shaped religious practice through the ways in which it was used.

French Books of Hours by Virginia Reinburg was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2014. The ISBN for French Books of Hours is 9781107460065.

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Details for French Books of Hours

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (November 2014)
Number of Pages312
Thickness17 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4300211
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