Social Life in Britain from the Conquest to the Reformation

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FRONTISPIECE

The frontispiece is a photogravure of a leaf of a Book of Hours, preserved in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The following description of it is taken from A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum... by Montague Rhodes James, Cambridge, 1895, pp. 398, 9.


191. FRAGMENTS (ENGLISH).

i. Two single leaves, 9 1/2 x 6, 21 lines to a page. Cent. xiii ( 1280). English work. From the Lawrence sale; presented by S. Sandars, M.A., Trinity College, in 1892.

Verso. Bordered. A large initial, with punctured gold ground, of the Crucifixion; the Cross is green; there are three nails. On L. is the Virgin with hands outspread, on R. S. John with book, and hands to face. On the top of the border, a deer, a bear with muzzle, and a hedgehog. On L. a beast in a burrow, and a jay, and a monkey riding a fox, face to tail, and drumming.

At bottom is a lady praying, in a dress blazoned with her arms, then a lion fighting a dragon under a tree, a male head on two legs and a large female head, the mouth covered.

On R., a shield, gules a cross engrailed or: a knight in mail and blazoned surcoat, praying: a second shield, of his arms, barry of six argent and azure, on a bend dexter gules bearing three mullets of five points or, for Grey: above this is a third shield, of the lady's, checky or and azure, a bend dexter gules with three lioncels argent (Clifford of Frampton). Text. Domine ne in furore, to ver. 7.

All this work is very fine....

The volume to which this belonged was sold at the Fountaine sale at Messrs Christie's in 1894, to Mr William Morris, and at his death passed into the possession of the Fitzwilliam Museum. It is of early date for a book of private devotion, not being a Psalter. Writing and decoration are of the best English sort.

-vii-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Frontispiece vii
  • Table of Contents viii
  • Section I- Land and Folk 1
  • Section II- Birth and Nurture 45
  • Section III- Authors, Scribes and Readers 100
  • Section IV- Church and Churchmen 187
  • Section V- Kings, Knights and War 274
  • Section VI- Manor and Cottage 301
  • Section VII- Town Life 315
  • Section VIII- Rich and Poor 336
  • Section IX- House, Dress and Meals 371
  • Section X- Sports and Pastimes 387
  • Section XI- Wayfaring and Foreign Travel 412
  • Section XII- Women's Life 433
  • Section XIII- Architecture and the Arts 466
  • Section XIV- Medicine and Justice 496
  • Section XV- Superstitions and Marvels 521
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