The Golf book


The Golf Book is a book of hours: a religious text that contains prayers and psalms for private worship.

It was written in Latin in Bruges, Flanders, around 1540. The Golf Book is particularly well-known for its miniatures which are attributed to one of the most celebrated artists of the time, Simon Bening.

Only part of the manuscript survives. It includes a calendar which records the religious festivals and saints' days. In the Golf Book, each month is depicted with an outstanding illustration of the labours of the months: 12 scenes depicting activities (both agricultural and leisure pursuits) that took place during the year, all entirely typical of books of hours.

The lower margins of the page are decorated with illustrations of contemporary sports and pastimes.

The Golf Books contains a representation of a game resembling golf, which has given its name to the manuscript.

See more of the Golf Book on Turning the Pages™.

Full title:
Book of Hours, Use of Rome (the 'Golf Book')
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Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

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