Item No: mca0901042
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Coutance
Rare Book Department
This miniature begins Vespers for the Office of the Dead, which was included at the end of nearly every book of hours. These prayers were recited in order to lessen the time that deceased friends and relatives had to spend in Purgatory. Funeral scenes taken from contemporary life, such as this one, were often used to illustrate the Office of the Dead.
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Lewis E 90