Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 3516
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bennett , Adelaide.
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  • Title: A Woman's Power of Prayer Versus the Devil in a Book of Hours, of ca. 1300 [The author argues that the manuscript is highly personalized with an emphasis on the female owner's need to repent, fight sin, and oppose the devil; even in the hours of the Virgin the initials depict worldly pleasures to be avoided].
  • Source: Image and Belief: Studies in Celebration of the Eightieth Anniversary of the Index of Christian Art.  Edited by Colum Hourihane.  Index of Christian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 1999.  Pages 89 - 108.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Books of Hours Devil in Art Iconography Illumination of Manuscripts Lay Piety Manuscripts- Ownership of Prayer Sins in Art
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 14
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87. The Book of Hours has 239 folios with twelve calendar pictures, two full-page miniatures, and 234 historiated initials.
  • Illustrations: Eleven illustrations. Figure One Prologue to the Nine Joys of the Virgin (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 200v). Figure Two First Joy of the Virgin (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 201r). Figure Three Postscript to the Nine Joys, and Prayer of "O intemerata" in French (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 203r). Figure Four Hours of the Virgin, Matins (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 19r). Figure Five Hours of the Virgin, Lauds (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 29r). Figure Six Hours of the Virgin, Terce (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 43v). Figure Seven Hours of the Virgin, Sext (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 47r). Figure Eight Hours of the Virgin, None (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 50v). Figure Nine Hours of the Virgin, Vespers (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 53v). Figure Ten Hours of the Virgin, Compline (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 60r). Figure Eleven Psalm 6 of the Seven Penitential Psalms (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 87, f. 73r).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Index of Christian Art
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0691010021
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