Being the sucker for punishment that I am I am planning on slowly (very slowly) writing my own book of hours.
I plan on using parchment for it and keeping it to text with some emphasis on capitilization and red letters for decoration as its mostly the text I enjoy rather than the illumination. I am using parchment simply because vellum is too expensive for me to use and paper was not too widely used in England about this time c1350 (Margaret Sharp - Jodrell Deed).
The part I am struggling with though is the contents. I have drawn up the following running order mostly from the University of Texas and Austin pages found here: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/enews/2010/ju ... hours.html
Psalms (Penital and Gradual 6, 32, 38, 51, 52, 102, 130, 143 & 120-134)
Prayers to the Virgin
Offices of the dead
But am having serious trouble translating original texts from the scribes hand writing (for example: http://norman.hrc.utexas.edu/mnemGal/4/HRC_4.pdf) and wondered if any transcribed versions exist where the original text has been transcribed into a more readable modern font that I can then use?
Ideally I am after texts from the mid 14th century but am happy to step in and around that date as it's the creation of the book I am more interested in that the actual contents, but I would like to try and keep it contemporary to my reenactment period if at all possible.
Can any help point me in the correct direction, offer advice or help.
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