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A Pilgrim’s Additions. Traces Of Pilgrimage In The Belles Heures Of Jean De Berry

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The names of Jean de Berry and the Limbourg brothers are inextricably bound up with the Belles Heures. The book must have been read and admired, after the duke passed away and the book changed hands. Very few traces of wear and tear inform us of the way the manuscript was used after it left the residence of the duke of Berry. The blank page with the impressions of the badges is the starting point of this contribution. The practice to add badges to devotional books only seems to have become popular during the second half of the fifteenth century. Pilgrimage souvenirs were tangible relics of a devotional journey and, as such, a suitable addition to a book containing devotional texts for personal use. The Grandes Heures, provides another example of badges that were added to an illumination.

Keywords: Belles Heures; Grandes Heures; Jean de Berry; Limbourg brothers; pilgrimage souvenirs



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