The Bedford Hours is one of the most lavish surviving medieval prayerbooks. Made in Paris between 1410 and 1430, its prayers are illustrated by 38 large images and over 1,200 small marginal roundels. Books of hours were popular devotional collections. Their text was drawn from Psalms and included prayers and chants.
The original patron of the Bedford Hours is still debated. Sometime after 1423 the manuscript was in the possession of John, Duke of Bedford. He was a younger brother of Henry V (r. 1413-1422) and on Henry’s death became Regent of France on behalf of his young nephew Henry VI. In 1423 John married Anne of Burgundy, and their arms and mottos were later added in a number of places in the book. On Christmas Eve 1430 Anne presented the Hours to Henry VI, then only nine years old. By this date the manuscript had been enhanced with new illustrations and texts, perhaps for the instruction of the young king.
This an enhanced eBookTreasures facsimile edition and contains text and audio commentary on selected pages.
Small is beautiful
The only way of getting this book is a 7 grand facsimile. For 10 quid you get the full page manuscript which is colossal in scope. A masterpiece of European art and truly one of the most lavish books ever made. As an artist this is 10 pounds well spent for a book that is priceless.
I have been looking at all of the different titles in this series (via the sample download) and decided this had to be the very first title I purchased in full.. And I'm glad I did!
The quality is astounding - truly astounding, and originally I purchased it on my 1st gen iPad and it was impressive, on the new iPad 3 it's mind blowing.
Not only is it a visual feast to behold, some of the titles including this one, have text and audio explaining what you are actually looking at.
Since this I've also purchased 'A Christmas Carol' and for my daughter, the 'Alice in Wonderland'.
True at nearly ten pounds a time, apart from a couple just short of a fiver, some would argue that it is too much, but I say not really, when to even buy a printed facsimile would cost between six and ten thousand pounds, it puts it into perspective. If you are interested in medieval history or a professional in the the field, these will be an invaluable resource. They are a perfect example of how truly ground breaking the iPad is.
Try the sample downloads, and give them a try, I'm sure you'll be glad you did.
Words simply can't do this magnificent work justice! Thank you so much for creating an e-version of this gorgeously illustrated book - a snapshot into our English/French past.