Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Item Info

Item No: mca0861450
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Bourges
Script: Bastarda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: ff. 145v-146r
Source: Rare Book Department

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1500.


This opening contains the Suffrages to St. John the Baptist and St. Stephen Protomartyr, both illustrated by portraits of the saints. St. John, on the left, wears an animal skin as a sign of his time in the desert. Beside him is the Lamb of God, a reference to saint's announcment: "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29). Opposite John is St. Stephen, known as St. Stephen Protomartyr because he was the first martyr of the faith. The stone on his forehead refers to his martyrdom. The Acts of the Apostles relate that he was stoned to death while preaching the Word of Christ (Acts 7:58).

Notes: St. John the Baptist (verso) and St. Stephen Protomartyr (recto)
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