De Grey Hours

Rees, Gwyneth Rhian (2018) De Grey Hours. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Treasured amongst the holdings of the National Library of Wales is the little-known manuscript which is the subject of this dissertation. It is an example of a Book of Hours, which was one of the most popular genres of manuscript production during the middle ages, and was named for a previous owner, a member of the De Grey family. This manuscript has received very little attention previously. The first objective of the dissertation was to investigate as far as is possible at this stage the origins and original ownership of the manuscript. To this end, the family history of the De Greys was researched and an outline of the results forms a substantial part of the dissertation. This research into the background of the De Grey Hours revealed some intriguing possibilities as regards its original ownership and a new proposition based on contextual evidence and evidence within the manuscript is set out for consideration. The other objective of this dissertation has been to investigate the structure and organization of this book of hours taking into account its textual contents and its extensive and rich programme of illustrations. The investigation of the illuminations produced evidence that points to what is probably the origin of the De Grey Hours, that is, the atelier or school that was responsible for its production.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 12:40
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2023 13:37

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