Item No: mca2122122
Additional Title: Book of Hours
Rare Book Department
This miniature decorates the Suffrage to St. Margaret. Suffrages were short prayers to saints that were often included at the ends of books of hours and were typically decorated with portraits of the saints to whom they were addressed. St. Margaret was popular medieval virgin saint and martyr. According to her legend, she was swallowed by the Devil in the form of a dragon. Miraculously, she survived when after making the sign of the cross the beast's belly burst open and she was able to escape alive. She later became the patron saint of pregnant women.
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Lewis E 212