The prayerbook of Catherine of Cleves is one of the most beautiful — perhaps the most beautiful — I have ever studied. Now all the major illuminations and the facing pages are available online, thanks to the Morgan Library. This is a fantastic opportunity to examine it.
Also included is a decent amount of scholarly commentary and introduction (via the “About this manuscript” and “About this page” links), although I wouldn’t object to much more.
The mutual interpenetration and interpretation of the texts of the Little Office (and the Office of the Dead, etc) and the images of these offices in these late medieval and early Reformation prayerbooks is a very interesting example of the gray area between the “liturgical” and the “popular” of Christian prayer. In fact I love these prayerbooks because they are potent reminders that the two can never grow too far apart — from one side or another, something will spring up that pulls them closer together, because the essence of Christianity is its trinitarian prayer life.
Found via BoingBoing.