The Design Elements of Medieval Books of Hours

  title={The Design Elements of Medieval Books of Hours},
  author={Mary Curtis Webb and Michael J. Albers},
  journal={Journal of Technical Writing and Communication},
  pages={353 - 361}
  • M. Webb, M. Albers
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
The commonsense principles of modern document design are direct descendants of the principles used in the Books of Hours, a hybridized religious instruction manual created in the commercial scriptoria of the 13th century. This article analyzes the design of Books of Hours and discusses how these medieval documents fit within the four design criteria (supertextual, extra-textual, intratextual, and intertextual) put forth by Kostelnick and Roberts [1]. The analysis reveals the early user of good… 
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