Devotional Books

This section highlights devotional manuscripts produced between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries intended for personal prayer and spiritual contemplation. Designed to be held comfortably by the reader, these books reflect a devotional intimacy that help us comprehend the meaning of personal daily prayer and piety in past centuries. Volumes on display include Books of Hours for structured yet private devotion to be followed each day, books of prayers to the Virgin Mary and particular saints, illuminated and decorated personal Christian prayer books, and both illuminated and unillustrated Muslim prayer books.