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Medieval European Books of Hours

What are they? How were they made? Who read them? 

Medieval Books of Hours are manuscript books containing prayers and devotional texts that were created and used primarily from the 13th through 16th centuries in Western Europe. These manuscript prayer books were often beautifully illustrated and bound, becoming objects of art as well as devotional texts. More books of hours remain today than any other artifact from medieval Europe. This lecture will provide more detail on what was in these books, how they were made, and who their readers were. Clayton and Michelson will show numerous beautiful examples along the way, including some from The Salisbury House Library Collection at Grinnell College Special Collections & Archives.

Faculty Member: Sharon R. Clayton & Laura Michelson
Discussion Date: Apr. 26, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Meet Professors Clayton and Michelson

Sharon Clayton holds a Master of Arts in librarianship from the School of Library and Information Service at University College at the University of London, a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with a minor in biology from the West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Laura Michelson holds a Master of Arts in library and information science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval-Early Modern Studies from Cornell College.

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Tuesday April 26
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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