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Nativity from Hours of Henry VIII Boxed Notecards

4 x 6 inches
16 cards and envelopes

This lovely boxed set of notecards highlights an illumination from The Hours of Henry VIII held in the Morgan Library & Museum’s collections. Including 16 notecards and envelopes, the cards measure 4 x 6 inches.

Illuminated around 1500 by the artist Jean Poyer, The Hours of Henry VIII receives its name from the possible but unproven eighteenth-century tradition that holds that King Henry of England once owned this splendid manuscript. By following the simple instructions, you can explore every painting of this Renaissance masterpiece and learn how Books of Hours helped their readers to pray.

Books of Hours contain more or less standard texts—Calendar, Gospel Lessons, Hours of the Virgin, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Penitential Psalms with Litany, Office of the Dead, and Suffrages—as well as a number of common accessory prayers. Based on the frequency and variety of added devotions, it appears that scribes included these for owners who wished to personalize their prayer books.