Hours of the Umfray Family

Description

In order to avoid Purgatory, often described as a prison for the soul in between Heaven and Hell, people would pay for extra prayers to be spoken at their funeral, and, if they could afford it, on the anniversaries of their death. In addition It was essential that the body was buried in consecrated ground, typically in the parish cemetery or church, with heretics or those who committed suicide, being denied this privilege.

Full title:
Book of Hours, Use of Sarum (the 'Hours of the Umfray Family')
Created:
c. 1420 , Paris
Format:
Manuscript
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Sloane MS 2468

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