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Book, Body, And The Construction Of The Self In The Taymouth Hours

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Illustrated religious and devotional manuscripts designed for personal use are potentially valuable sources of evidence for the history of later medieval subjectivity. This chapter considers the devout self as pictured in and shaped by one profusely illustrated but remarkably understudied example of the genre, the Taymouth Hours. The importance to medieval concepts of identity of the idea of patterns, of form and conformity, of likeness, imitation, and of model and anti-model, is widely recognized. In the Taymouth Hours miniature, however, the royal devotee holds her joined hands high and extends them away from her body, a gesture unusual in contemporary English depictions of lay prayer at the Elevation. Humanitys misguided pursuit of transitory material pleasures is the theme of several text-image pairings in the Taymouth Hours .

Keywords: medieval subjectivity; royal devotee; Taymouth Hours



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