March 2021 News


We'll have one ready imminently that includes a number of manuscript vellum leaves from Books of Hours and Breviaries that date from c.1390 to c.1500. Email us to be included in the mail-out. Newsletter subscribers are given free postage.


Red Letter Days

A Book of Hours calendar typically shows saints’ days and church feasts written in black, with major festivals written in red.  From this practice the term "red letter" day, for a particularly important day, arose. The practice was continued after the invention of the printing press, including in Catholic liturgical books. Many calendars still indicate special dates, festivals and holidays in red instead of black. 


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