French Books Of Hours


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.

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SKU (ISBN): 9781107460065
ISBN10: 1107460069
Virginia Reinburg
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: November 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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