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Vrouwelijke verinnerlijking in geneeskrachtige getijdenboeken: De inhoudelijke samenhang in de laatmiddeleeuwse getijdenboeken uit de Benedictijner vrouwenkloosters Selwerd en Thesinge

Ambrosius, E., 1-Jun-2019, Science Shop, University of Groningen. 57 p.

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  • Elvira Ambrosius
Between 1470 and 1540, Benedictine women’s monasteries of Selwerd and Thesinge produced several books of hours. In 1988 Jos Hermans published Middeleeuwse handschriften uit Groninger kloosters, in which he discusses medieval manuscripts produced in Groningen. Hermans claims that a pattern can be found in the decoration of the Thesinger- and Selwerder books of hours. Although Hermans offers a precise analysis of the similarities in the decoration, he neglects similarities in the content of the books of hours. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to research similarities which can be found in the content of Selwerder- and Thesinger books of hours. The argument of this thesis is based on an analysis and interpretation of the structure and content of the hours in six different Selwerder- and Thesinger books.

I concluded that you can find three common features in the Selwerder- and Thesinger books of hours. Firstly all the books show that Geert Groote’s Devotio Moderna was an important source of inspiration, which can be explained by the influence of the Congregation of Bursfeld. Groote’s book is taken as an example of most of the Selwerder- and Thesinger books of hours. Secondly, the Selwerder- and Thesinger books contain a colophon, which was not conventional in Dutch books of the hours. The colophon can be interpreted as a way of self-identification for the scribing nun. Thirdly, the books of hours all contain indulgence- and communion prayers. The addition of the indulgence- and communion prayers can be interpreted as the result of the wishes of the customers.
Original languageDutch
PublisherScience Shop, University of Groningen
Number of pages57
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jun-2019

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