This card shows a detail from an illuminated page from Mary Queen of Scot's Book of Hours.
Probably made in the 1530's, this precious volume is thought to have been given to Mary by her Great Aunt, Louise de Bourbon, Abbess of the royal abbey of Fontevraud.
The very fine illuminations were created by a ‘Master’ artist, with connections to the royal court, who worked for the Archbishop of Lyon, François de Rohan. This artistry makes the prayerbook a valuable object, and as such, it was not simply a tool for prayer, but a sign of exclusivity, of status for the person who commissioned it, the Abbess, and those that then owned it.
Dimensions: 11.5cm x 15cm