Medieval London

Miniature showing medieval spectacles being worn (from British Library Harley 2971, f. 109v)

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Title

Miniature showing medieval spectacles being worn (from British Library Harley 2971, f. 109v)

Subject

Spectacles

Description

This picture comes from the manuscripts of the British Library. It is a miniature portraying singing monks at the beginning of the “Office of the Dead.” The celebrant in the miniature, wearing the black robe, is wearing spectacles very similar to the ones found at the Museum of London. It is of French origin and dates back to c. 1450-1460. He, like many during this time, are using the spectacles to read the song being sung by the monks.

Creator

St Stephen Master

Source

“Book of Hours”. Salisbury Breviary St Stephen Master. Paris, France. 1450.

Date

c. 1450

Contributor

Victoria Von Ancken

Language

Latin and some French

Type

Still image

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Spectacles

Physical Dimensions

210 x 150 (105 x 65)

Files

Spectacles mini france.jpg

Collection

Citation

St Stephen Master, “Miniature showing medieval spectacles being worn (from British Library Harley 2971, f. 109v) ,” Medieval London, accessed December 5, 2019, https://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/87.

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