One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A book of prayers appointed for particular canonical hours or times of day, used by Roman Catholics for private devotions and popular especially in the Middle Ages, when they were often richly illuminated.
- ‘Francois Regnault, who printed beautiful, elaborate primers and books of hours, does not seem to have ever fully recovered from the Act of 1534.’
- ‘Like many books of hours, the Murthly book was written for a noblewoman.’
- ‘A book of hours would naturally contain a calendar, and this became the opportunity for a display of the illuminator's talent.’
- ‘Numerous depictions of pigs appear in W. European art of the 15th and 16th centuries, often as symbols of November or December in books of hours.’
- ‘These early books included histories, chronicles, romances, religious texts, and books of hours.’
- ‘He is also known to have been a devoted reader of sacred works including books of hours and other illuminated texts.’
- ‘In the sixteenth century, chatelaines included a variety of attachments such as keys, knives, pouches, rosaries, pomanders, books of hours, and mirrors.’
- ‘Psalters were the most popular book used for private devotion before the books of hours.’
- ‘Often, the introductory pages of local bibles or books of hours would be elegantly decorated with wonderful letter forms.’
- ‘Beyond the planets are four depictions of the seasons that recall a medieval book of hours but seem to rely on the tarot, with images of the Fool, the Chariot and Death.’
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