M-55. The Book of Hours, 1250–1550 - Advance Reading List
Before coming to class, students should read:
Swanson, R.N. Religion and Devotion in Europe, c.1215–c.1515. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Duffy, Eamon. The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, c.1400–c. 1580. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992; reprinted 1994. Read Part I, “The Structures of Traditional Religion.”
Wieck, Roger. The Medieval Calendar: Locating Time in the Middle Ages. New York: The Morgan Library & Museum, 2017.
Please also read either:
Wieck, Roger. Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life. New York: George Braziller, 1988 (second edition 2001).
Wieck, Roger. Painted Prayers: The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art. New York: George Braziller, 1997.
Students should buy and bring to class:
A pre-Vatican II edition of an Hours of the Virgin (also called the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in Latin and English; an added plus if the edition includes the Office of the Dead, Penitential Psalms, and Litany.
Either Time Sanctified or Painted Prayers (see above).
Duffy, Eamon. Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240–1570. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007 (paperback edition 2011).
Reinburg, Virginia. French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c.1400–1600. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012 (paperback edition 2014).
The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress. Horae Beatae Mariae ad usum Romanum, France, 1524. CD-ROM, 2002. Latin and English texts are searchable. Readily available.
Csappodi, Csaba, A Paris Book of Hours. Budapest, 1985. This is a facsimile of a printed horae (with slender commentary). Scarce, but regularly pops up on eBay.