New acquisitions: medieval manuscript facsimiles
Facsimiles of three famous illuminated medieval manuscripts have recently been added to Special Collections’ holdings. All three are associated with known artists and all are available for consultation in the reading room or in the classroom!
Hours of Henry VIII
This Book of Hours (pictured above) was illuminated in Tours, France by artist Jean Poyet around the year 1500. It is traditionally said to have belonged to Henry VIII of England, but his ownership remains unproven.
Call number: Vault Collection ND 3363 .H57 2015
Gradual of Gisela von Kerssenbrock
Gisela von Kerssenbrock illuminated this liturgical manuscript ca. 1300 at the Cistercian Convent Marienbrunn in Rulle, Germany. Gisela was not only a scribe and illuminator in her convent, she was also its choirmistress. The facsimile comes with a CD of recorded music based on the musical score in the manuscript.
Call number: Vault Collection Folio M 2148 .L4 1300
Les Belles Heures du Duc de Berry
One of the famous manuscript Books of Hours owned by Jean de France, duc de Berry. The manuscript was produced in Paris in the first decade of the 15th century by the Limbourg brothers.