16th-century Book of Hours


The character of Death was regularly personified within medieval culture, and the message was usually clear: death would find you regardless of your status.

Full title:
Book of Hours
c. 1500, Paris
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Harley MS 2936

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