Illuminated Manuscripts: The Crusader Bible

The Bible—illuminated. Bibles from the Middle Ages contain beautiful illustrations that bring the Bible to life! One of the most beautiful examples of these illuminated manuscripts on display at Museum of the Bible, is the Book of Hours and Psalter of Elizabeth de Bohun, the great-grandmother of King Henry V of England. It contains the book of Psalms, and a book of hours, which organized prayers and readings from the Bible to be read at certain hours throughout the day.

Illuminated manuscripts were handwritten and embellished by monks and scribes who would labor for years on a single manuscript. And in the years before widespread literacy in Europe, illuminated Bibles became a way for people to learn and understand the teachings of Christianity.

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