THE HOURS OF MARIE
(Use of Senlis)
In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Northeastern France, probably Reims, c. 1270-1280
22 historiated initials by the Reims Masters, with 2 illuminated borders by the Master of Johannes de Phylomena
Extensively published, this is one of the oldest and most important of all early Books of Hours, and one of the few thirteenth-century books unambiguously made for a named laywoman, possibly Marie de Brabant (1256-1321), queen of France married to King Phillip III. Its pages virtually explode with a richness of imagery, in the painted initials and throughout the margins, illustrated with almost 300 images, an unusual number of which display women in daily life and are set in the royal court.