The “Bridwell Hours”
[Book of Hours. Sarum Use, in Latin].
[Flanders, ca. 1420].
Illuminated manuscript on vellum. (BRMS 9)
Known as the “Bridwell Hours,” this manuscript was produced in Flanders for Sarum Use in England. It reflects the influence of the “Boucicaut Master,” an anonymous illuminator who set high artistic standards for the period. The book’s illustrations include the traditional images of the Infancy of Christ for the Hours of the Virgin Mary, scenes of a funeral and a burial to accompany the Mass for the Dead and the Commendation of the Soul, and a special devotional image of St. George, the patron saint of England. Displayed is the illumination of God in Majesty which begins the section devoted to Penitential Psalms.