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You don't have to be a scribe in a monastery to create gorgeous images of wonder-working saints, mythical animals, and knights on horseback. These 30 lovingly detailed reproductions of sacred and secular scenes from illuminated manuscripts range from the Garden of Eden to the Hundred Years' War. Sources include breviaries and books of hours as well as Persian documents and Passover Haggadahs.
Table of Contents
1. Marian Vespers with Christ’s First Miracle from The Book of Hours, Jean, Duc de Berry, 1380.
2. The Flight into Egypt from The Prayer Book of Stephan Lochner, Book of Hours, 1451 (German).
3. Detail from The Book of Hours, 15th century (French).
4. St. George Slaying a Dragon from The Book of Hours, 15th century (French).
5. Miniature of St. Stephen from an illuminated choir book, 1405.
6. Revelation of St. John the Divine, one of 70 miniatures from The Trinity College Apocalypse, 1242–50 (French).
7. Detail from Beginning of the 1st Psalm from Bedford Hours & Psalter, Devotional Book of Prayers, London, 1414–1423.
8. The Events of the Pentecost from Berthold Sacramentary, Benedictine Abbey, Weingarten, 1200–1232.
9. Kalila wa Dimna, one of 56 folios from a collection of Oriental fables, Herat, 1429 (Persian).
10. Detail from Bible of Borso d’ Este, Ferrara or Modena, Italy, 1455–1461.
11. Agitated Dignitaries from the Jami from The Seven Thrones, Haft Awrang, 1571 (Persian).
12. Detail from The Creation of Eve from The Book of Hours of Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Lombardy, 1390–1428.
13. Battle of Ménfő from the Chronicon Pictum, 1360 (Hungarian).
14. Noah’s Ark from Psalter of Saint Louis, one of 150 psalms from the Old Testament, 1260–1270.
15. Jesse Tree from Capuchin’s Bible, 1180 (French).
16. Details from Events from the Story of Joseph from Wenceslas Bible or Bible of King Wenceslas, Prague, 1389–1400 (German).
17. St. Catherine from Hastings Hours, Flanders, 1480.
18. Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis, a late medieval book of hours.
19. Folio from Rothschild Prayer Book, Flanders, 1510–1520.
20. Introductory page from St. Mark’s Gospel, from the Book of Lindisfarne or The Lindisfarne Gospels, before 698.
21. Detail from Belleville Breviary, a liturgical prayer book created for a Dominican Convent, Paris, 1323–1326.
22. Illuminated manuscript from an undated prayer book. Origin unknown.
23. The Descent from the Cross from The Book of Hours (Les Petite Heyres du Duc de Berry), 1372–1390.
24. The Capture of Jerusalem from the World Chronicle, Charlemagne, 1300 (German).
25. The Demands Made by King Charles VI on His State and Government, with a Response by Pierre Le Fruitier, Paris, 1412 (French).
26. The Chronicles of the Hundred Years War, Jean Froissart, Rouen, ca. 1505.
27. French (Rouen) Book of Hours, ca. 1480.
28. Petrach: Songs and Triumphs, one of 193 folios from the allegorical didactic poem about the soul of the poet and the history of mankind, Urbino, 1472–1482 (Italian).
29. Haggadah for Passover, 4th century (German).
30. The Bread of Affliction, Which Our Parents Ate in Egypt from Darmstadt Passover Haggadah, a collection of sermons, fables, and maxims from Jewish history, Upper Rhine, 1430.