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Marking the Hours,
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This review is from: Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570 (Paperback)
Another superb offering from Eamon Duffy. This is a lavishly illustrated book - all the illustrations are in colour - concerning the prayer books - Books of Hours - used by the English laity for their meditations and religious devotions. Initially produced by hand, eventually the advent of printing ensured that Books of Hours, once the exclusive preserve of the very wealthy, could now be purchased by those possessed of more far modest means.
Here, the author is concerned principally with what the "added" content to many of these devotional aids - added into the original texts and scribbled in the margins -in the hands of those who owned them, have to say about the religious beliefs of their owners.
There are case studies of several Books of Hours and also a careful consideration of what befell the content of these Catholic devotional books and manuscripts during the upheavals of the Reformation.
Well worth reading and purchasing.