Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Unikales Bildprogramm - Herkömmliche Textgattung. eine Illustrierte Gebetbuchhandschrift in Pannonhalma Im Kontext der Frömmigkeitspraxis Des 17, Jahrhunderts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Unikales Bildprogramm - Herkömmliche Textgattung. eine Illustrierte Gebetbuchhandschrift in Pannonhalma Im Kontext der Frömmigkeitspraxis Des 17, Jahrhunderts

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Balázs Sztulik, Unikales Bildprogramm - Herkömmliche Textgattung. Eine illustrierte Gebetbuchhandschrift in Pannonhalma im Kontext der Frömmigkeitspraxis des 17. Jahrhunderts, Schriftenreihe zur Literaturgeschichte 18 (Hamburg: Kovac, 2013). 378 pp. ISBN 978-3-8300-6755-9. euro98.80. The Preces propriae singulis horis diei et noctis 1640, a hitherto unknown German prayer cycle, edited here for the first time on the basis of a seventeenth-century illustrated manuscript in the library of the Benedictine abbey at Pannonhalma in western Hungary, is an interesting reminder that texts that appear to stand firmly in a medieval tradition were still being produced hundreds of years later. Twenty-four prayers were planned, one for each of the twenty-four hours of the day (of which one is now missing), following the events of the Passion from the Last Supper to the Entombment, and each preceded by a full-page miniature with allegorical representations of the vices and virtues as animals. The text of the prayers, devised by a certain Sister Beatrix, is said to have been copied (in an extraordinarily archaic script for 1640) by Sister Maria Anna von Thanhausen, whereas the miniatures are attributed to Sister Maria Leonora Jergerin, all three identifiable (on the basis of a remarkable piece of detective work) as Poor Clares of the 'Königinkloster' in Vienna. …

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