Dr Jenny Stratford (IHR) and Dr Rowan Watson (V&A)
Full day - from 10.00 to 17.00
Maximum: 12 students
Venue: Senate House

One or two-day course.  It is possible to take day one only of this course.

What is the difference between a missal and a breviary, a psalter and a book of hours, an antiphoner and a gradual? Who owned these books and who left them in their wills? This course will provide an overview of the liturgical and devotional manuscripts and the early printed books of Pre-Reformation Europe, their production and decoration. Particular stress will be laid on their textual characteristics and on ways of recognising different types of book. Apart from secondary sources and facsimiles, teaching will also be based on some original works.


Christopher de Hamel, A history of illuminated manuscripts, 2nd edn (London, 1994) and pbk
Eric Palazzo, A history of liturgical books from the origins to the 13th century (Collegville, 1998)
Richard Pfaff, The liturgy in medieval England: a history (CUP, 2009)
Christopher Wordsworth and Henry Littlehales, The old service-books of the English church (London, 1904)
Roger Wieck, Time sanctified. The Book of Hours in medieval art and life (New York, 1988)

Student Comments

Such a pleasure to hear from two real authorities on the subject. Everything was patiently and charmingly explained. And wonderful to see firsthand some beautiful manuscripts from the Senate House Library collection.