Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Item Info

Item No: mca0860961
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Bourges
Script: Bastarda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: f. 96r
Source: Rare Book Department

These miniatures are placed at the beginning of the Seven Penitential Psalms in this book of hours. David, who in the Middle Ages was believed to have composed the psalms, is often shown in penance at the beginning of this cycle prayers. These miniatures depict not his penance but the story of his sin as told in II Kings: 11-17. In the upper miniature, David spies the beautiful Bathsheba bathing. According to the story, he seduces her, and in order to keep her, orders her husband Uriah away to the frontline of battle where he will be killed, effectively murdering him. In the lower miniature, David is shown giving Uriah his orders.


This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1500.

Notes: Bathsheba at Bath
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1457696
Country: Country:France
City/Town/Township:Bourges ?

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1510
Image Dimensions Width: 168 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 86