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LATIN 231: Latin Prose: Books of Hours

Praeces Piae (c.1475)

This Flemish Book of Hours, entitled Praeces piae, was produced during the third quarter of the 15th century, and has been associated by P.W. Parshall with other books produced for the diocese of Tournai, in modern Belgium. The text provides prayers for the eight hours of the day at which prayers were recited (Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline). Illuminations include miniatures of Saints Catherine, Agatha, Barbara, Sebastian, Anthony, and Nicholas as well as other more general religious themes.

Heures de Simon Vostre a l'usage de Langres (1502)

Mt. Angel Abbey


15th Century Chant Manuscript

Plainsong notation on a four-line staff with Latin text written in Gothic Script. The text is from Psalm 150, Verse 1.

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Read more about this manuscript in
A "New" Chant for Christmastide

Ethiopian Prayer Book