Hours of René of Anjou


Music was a key aspect of religious life and was a significant feature of medieval funerals, as depicted in this Book of Hours. Choral singing, here sung from books rather than memory, was thought to help elevate the soul towards Heaven as well as easing the grief of those attending the funeral.

Full title:
Book of Hours, Use of Paris (The 'Hours of René of Anjou')
c. 1410, Paris
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Egerton MS 1070

Full catalogue details

Related articles

Literature, music and illuminated manuscripts

Article by:
Alixe Bovey

Art, music and literature blossomed in the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the wealth of sources in the British Library’s collections. Dr Alixe Bovey explores the evolution of art and culture in the Middle Ages.

Related collection items