Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

c. 1440
Sheet: 14.2 x 9.4 cm (5 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)
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It is believed that medieval men and women read their books of hours aloud, not silently.


The first seven folios of this book list dedications for Metz churches and indulgences, or ways to receive forgiveness for sins, that are unique to that diocese, or area of jurisdiction of a bishop. The city of Metz, situated on the Moselle River, was the cultural and commercial capital of Lorraine during the 1400s. It was also the location of an important bishopric and therefore the center of a growing book trade.
Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

Book of Hours (Use of Metz)

c. 1440

France, Metz

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