Book of Hours


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We are delighted to make available to all this digital version of the Richard III’s Book of Hourshis personal prayer-book  The original manuscript rests in Lambeth Palace Library with restricted access due to its fragile condition, and we thank them for making it possible for us to share it in this way.  Digitising the manuscript will enable those with an interest in Richard III’s prayer book to gain full access and I hope this will include people from diverse backgrounds and interests – from school children and scholars to artists and illustrators and of course anyone with an interest in ancient manuscripts and liturgical texts and the life of Richard III.

In addition to the Book of Hours itself we have also been given kind permission to digitise a scholarly interpretation of the text – The Hours of Richard III by Anne F Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs.  Key points in the original Hours are linked to the interpretative text and in this way it is hoped that the reader will be able to move with ease from one to the other.

The digitisation of this manuscript was made possible with the financial support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Richard III Society and the University of Leicester; I am indebted to these organisations for this generous support.

The Very Revd David Monteith
Dean of Leicester, January 2017

This work was part of a project called The King in the Cathedral: Richard III – his Final Resting Place, Faith and Legacy, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.