Illuminations from the Hereford Missal (MS. F. 161) and Wycliffe New Testament (MS. Q. 84)
Having spent last week in the depths of the Ironbridge Gorge, I was unable to share my 'Book of the Week'. To make up for it I have picked out some splendid illuminations from two of our medieval books. The first three images are taken from the Hereford Missal, a fifteenth-century Church service book which was made in the Diocese of Hereford and given to Worcester Cathedral in the seventeenth century. A cheeky 'Hereford Hare' presides over one of the pages of text.
The fourth and fifth images come from a fifteenth-century copy of John Wycliffe's New Testament in English which belonged to Bishop Prideaux of Worcester (1641-60). Gold leaf and crushed precious stones were used to achieve the most vibrant of colours.