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Juana of Castile’s Book of Hours: An Archduchess at Prayer

Department of Arts, Faculty of Arts, Design, and Social Sciences, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
Religions 2020, 11(4), 201; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11040201
Received: 16 January 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 7 April 2020 / Published: 17 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval Spain)
This article examines one of Juana of Castile’s books of hours (London, BL Add. MS 18852) comparing it with those written for members of Juana’s family and seeking to discern how it was used, in order to reassess her peers’ evaluation of her spiritual affinities. It considers how Juana customized her book of hours with a miniature of the Virgin and Child, comparing it with a gifted panel painted by Rogier van der Weyden that Juana treasured to show how she placed herself under the protection of the Virgin. Numbered precepts would be intended for her to instruct any future children and are replicated in Isabel, her daughter’s, book. The office of the Guardian Angel is compared with similar ones in Spain and Burgundy and, like devotion to St Veronica, such prayer is another means of protection. The striking mirror of conscience with its reflected skull, like other similar objects decorated with a skull that Juana possessed, sought to lift her from the decay and sinfulness of the world to the spiritual realm. View Full-Text
Keywords: Juana of Castile; book of hours; Rogier van der Weyden; Guardian Angel; mirror of conscience Juana of Castile; book of hours; Rogier van der Weyden; Guardian Angel; mirror of conscience
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Twomey, L.K. Juana of Castile’s Book of Hours: An Archduchess at Prayer. Religions 2020, 11, 201.

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