Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, ms. Lat. 1156B

Book of Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans Facsimile Edition

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The Book of Hours of Marguerite d’Orléans displays an enchanting variety of scenes from everyday life. The embellishments of this devotional books include full-page miniatures for the major sections representing scenes from the New Testament and the images of the saints, along with calendar medallions framed in gold, and historicized borders depicting vivid scenes of medieval life.

The Book of Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans and the French Royal Family

Marguerite d’Orléans (1404-1466) was the granddaughter of the French king, Charles V, and the great-niece of Jean, Duke of Berry. Both Charles V and Jean de Berry were highly educated, and both are known for their rich commissions of manuscripts.

Marguerite might have shared the passion for books with her forefathers. This Book of Hours named after Marguerite d’Orléans was made for her personal use.

It has been suggested that the occasion for the production of this manuscript was the celebration of her wedding with Richard d’Etampes, Duke of Brittany, in 1426.

The miniatures bear their joint coats-of-arms, and their monogram “r&m” appears in the initials. A portrait of Marguerite praying Mary presents the feature of the owner of the manuscript in a devotional context.

The Imaginative Illuminations of the Book of Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans

The miniatures and the ornament in the borders, enriched with gold and silver, were made around the year 1430 by the Master of Marguerite d’Orléans.

Around 1450 Marguerite d’Orléans decided the decoration of the manuscript and appointed Etienne Sauderat, an artist from the circle of the Bedford Master, to provide the book with additional decoration in the margins.

The Master of Marguerite d’Orléans was probably trained in Paris and he knew well the production of the Boucicaut Master. The influence of the Limbourg brothers also appears in this devotional book.

The images in the margins present diverse facets of medieval life, including knights engaged in tournaments and pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela.

Binding description

The binding shows a remarkable leather mosaic made in the years 1725-1733. The work has been attributed to Antoine-Michel Padeloup, the royal bookbinder to Louis XV.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans": Stundenbuch der Margarete von Orléans facsimile edition, published by Quaternio Verlag Luzern, 2013

Stundenbuch der Margarete von Orléans

Luzern: Quaternio Verlag Luzern, 2013

  • Commentary (English, German) by König, Eberhard; Seidel, Christine
  • Limited Edition: 680 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

The Book of Hours of Marguerite d’Orléans features forty-one miniatures of the highest possible artistic quality. The twenty-four calendar medallions and the brilliant gilded borders and initials reflect mediaeval life in all of its many facets. All of the details on every page are faithfully reproduced. Great care has been taken to reproduce the luminous colours, the silver areas, and the nuanced, delicate gilding, gold leaf, and different varieties of brushed gold paint. The facsimile and volume of commentary come in a decorative acrylic glass cassette that protects them from dust. Commentary volume provide an extensive description of the sumptuous ornamentation, the miniatures, and borders, and pay homage to the achievements in fifteenth-century illumination attained by the extraordinary artist, the Master of Marguerite d’Orléans.


Red leather with smaller sections in two colours. The delicate gold embossing on the front and back covers, on the spine, and edges make the binding a unique bibliophilic treasure.

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