The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of Self in Late Medieval England

by Kathryn A. Smith

© 2012

The Taymouth Hours is one of the most fascinating illuminated manuscripts of late medieval England, but the circumstances of its commission have remained elusive for more than a century. In this first comprehensive study of the Taymouth Hours, Kathryn A. Smith traces the manuscript’s origin to Philippa of Hainault, queen of Edward III, and Edward’s sister, the thirteen-year-old Eleanor of Woodstock.

Smith provides a detailed analysis of the manuscript’s program, particularly the relationships between its marginal imagery and the devotional texts these images border, and embeds the Taymouth Hours within the historical, political, religious, and artistic contexts of early fourteenth-century England and northern Europe. Generously illustrated, the book also comes with a digitized edition of the entire manuscript. This feature allows readers to examine high-quality images of each folio while following along with Smith’s text.

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  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 120
  • Dimensions: 7.1in x 1.4in x 9.9in
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In this first comprehensive study of the Taymouth Hours, Kathryn A. Smith traces the manuscript’s origin to Philippa of Hainault, queen of Edward III, and Edward’s sister, the thirteen-year-old Eleanor of Woodstock.

The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of Self in Late Medieval England

by Kathryn A. Smith

© 2012

The Taymouth Hours is one of the most fascinating illuminated manuscripts of late medieval England, but the circumstances of its commission have remained elusive for more than a century. In this first comprehensive study of the Taymouth Hours, Kathryn A. Smith traces the manuscript’s origin to Philippa of Hainault, queen of Edward III, and Edward’s sister, the thirteen-year-old Eleanor of Woodstock.

Smith provides a detailed analysis of the manuscript’s program, particularly the relationships between its marginal imagery and the devotional texts these images border, and embeds the Taymouth Hours within the historical, political, religious, and artistic contexts of early fourteenth-century England and northern Europe. Generously illustrated, the book also comes with a digitized edition of the entire manuscript. This feature allows readers to examine high-quality images of each folio while following along with Smith’s text.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 120
  • Dimensions: 7.1in x 1.4in x 9.9in
  • Reviews

    ‘Excellent book.’
    Julian Luxford
    Times Literary Supplement, October 19,2012

    ‘This study of a single manuscript contributes a great deal, in form as well as in content, to our understanding of ways in which late medieval devotional trends could be incarnated in objects that were, in so many ways, physical embodiments of spiritual actions.’


    Anne Rudolff Stanton
    The Medieval Review; April 2013

    ‘The Taymouth Hours is a formidable work of scholarship… Smith presents the riches of the Taymouth hours against the background of late medieval English culture and the educated and devotional interest of a royal woman of the period.’
    Margaret M. Manion
    Studies in Iconography vol 35:2014

    ‘As enjoyable as it is erudite, this is a book that invites and repays through reading…. Smith offers a wide ranging dissuasion of contemporary politics, religion, literature, and art.’


    S. Panayotova
    The English Historical Review 27 November 2014

    ‘Marvelous analyses of the book’s multilayered imagery… No one scholar could plumb all the mysteries of the Taymouth Hours imagery, but Smith is a persuasive guide to the many ways that it provided open-ended fodder for fourteenth century Christian devotion – and for contemporary interpretation.’


    Adam Cohen
    Common Knowledge vol 21:01:2015

    ‘As enjoyable as it is erudite, this is a book that invites and repays thorough reading.’


    S. Panayotova
    English Historical Review, vol 129: December 2014
  • Author Information

    Kathryn A. Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Fine Arts at New York University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction 

    Stories, Self and the Illustrated Devotional Manuscript

    Chapter One

    City and Court:  Shaping the Taymouth Hours

    Chapter Two

    Sacred and Secular: The Anglo-Norman Devotions and their Illustration

    Chapter Three

    Text and Image:  The Latin Hours of the Holy Spirit, Trinity and Virgin and their Illustration

    Chapter Four

    Temptation, Sin, Repentance and Redemption: From the Short Office of the Cross through to the Office of the Dead

    Afterword

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