Leaves of Gold Gallery: Books of Hours.
The Book of Hours – the main prayer book used in medieval Europe – was divided into eight sections (or “hours”) that were meant to be read at specific times of day. […] During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, every member of the middle and upper classes would have wanted to own an illuminated Book of Hours. These treasured books were given as gifts on special occasions, such as weddings, and they often appeared in medieval wills, testifying to their value and importance. A Book of Hours was often the first and only book an individual owned in his or her lifetime.