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French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, C.1400 1600 Virginia Reinburg

French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, C.1400 1600

Virginia Reinburg

Published March 7th 2012
ISBN : 9781139227643
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312 pages
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The book of hours was a best-seller in medieval and early modern Europe, the eras most commonly produced and owned book. This interdisciplinary study explores its increasing popularity and prestige, offering a full account of the book of hours asMoreThe book of hours was a best-seller in medieval and early modern Europe, the eras 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.