So I’m off on vacation until the new year, and will be away from all the Tufts treasure. I wanted to leave the old year with this leaf from a fifteenth century gold illuminated French Book of Hours, as it is a rather nice piece.

In case you are wondering what it says, it was translated by Orsolya Mednyanszky and Kristina Potuckova, two Tufts students in 2011:


in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy and with him plentiful redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. Glory to the Lord. As it was. Psalm. Lord, hear my prayer, give ear to my supplication in your truth, hear me in your justice. And do not enter in judgment with your servant, Lord


because all the living will not be done justice in your sight. Because the enemy has persecuted my soul: it humiliated my life in the world. It placed me in the darkness like the dead of yore. and my soul is in anguish over me, my heart is disturbed in me. I was remembering the days of old, I have contemplated on all your works made by your hands 

You can read about their research here.