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"Medieval manuscripts resisted obsolescence. Made by means of hugely specialized craftspeople (scribes, illuminators, publication binders) with labour-intensive approaches utilizing particular and infrequently unique fabrics (parchment made up of dozens or thousands of skins, inks and paints made of prized minerals, animals and plants), books have been pricey and equipped to final. and so they outlived their vendors. instead of discard them  Read more...

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Second, techniques for making books of hours were adapted to the structure of this book type, which brought together discrete texts. When these were made in modular form, the fissures between sections generated blank parchment, which invited and even demanded additions. Third, prayer culture changed significantly in the fifteenth century, so that new prayers, especially those promising apotropaic benefits or indulgences, quickly became popular, and book owners wanted to incorporate these into their volumes to keep them up to date.

2, fol. 10r. uk/view/MS-II-00006–00002/25 32 Piety in Pieces page to begin a new prayer; therefore, additional prayers fill the top sections of many of the blank backs of other miniatures. Sometimes the locations of the additions are significant. One the back of the miniature of the personal angel (Cambridge, UL, Ms. 2; fig. 13)25 the owner has added a prayer in which words are interspersed with crosses, probably signaling that the reader should cross him- or herself at those points (fig. 26 Such prayers were understood to form a shield around their performer, who covered him- or herself with signs.

These prayers in this opening have been written by different hands, and different again from the hands on the previous folios. It would appear, then, that adding prayers to the blank areas in the book was a cumulative process, that the owner looked for space as his or her needs changed. 29 Opening in a book of hours, with blank space filled with prayers in an English hand. Cambridge, University Library, Ms. 2, fol. 15v-16r. lib. uk/view/ MS-II-00006–00002/37 30 Masters of the Pink Canopies, St.

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