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

Twomey, Lesley (2020) Juana of Castile’s Book of Hours: An Archduchess at Prayer. Religions, 11 (4). p. 201. ISSN 2077-1444

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Juana of Castile; book of hours; Rogier van der Weyden; Guardian Angel; mirror of conscience
Subjects: R400 Spanish studies
V600 Theology and Religious studies
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 08:09
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43671

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