Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 9967
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Penketh , Sandra.
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  • Title: Women and Books of Hours [discusses women's use and reading of books of hours ; suggests that many of the illustrations were intended to extol such virtues as obedience, humility, and purity ; and analyzes some female owner portraits].
  • Source: Women and the Book: Assessing the Visual Evidence.  Edited by Lesley Smith and Jane H.M. Taylor.  British Library and University of Toronto Press, 1997.  Pages 266 - 281.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Books of Hours Devotional Literature Illumination of Manuscripts Lay Piety Manuscripts, Ownership of Manuscripts in Art Mary, Virgin, Saint in Art Readers Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Illustrations: Seven figures from paintings and manuscript illustrations. The first two figures show women reading (Mary of Burgundy with her book of hours and Mary Magdalene reading in a small panel painting by Rogier van der Weyden). Figures Ninety-Nine and One Hundred portray female owners of books of hours at their devotions alongside the Virgin Mary. Two figures illustrate animal marginalia in books of hours. Figure One-hundred-two, the martyrdom of St. Agatha, illustrates the female saints frequently represented in books of hours owned by women.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0802042163
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