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A beastly book of hours

A clattering stork here, a mother hen with chicks there. Utrecht, University Library, Ms. 5 J 27, a book of hours from the third quarter of the 15th century, is full of animals in the margins of the miniatures. The Utrecht illuminator Antonis Rogiersz. Uten Broec (?-1468/69) may have been inspired by famous examples, such as the book of hours of Catharine of Cleves (New York, Morgan Library, M. 917 and M. 945), illuminated by the Master of Catharine of Cleves. But he also had an eye for the symbolic meaning of the animals he painted.

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Post scriptum: Van Gouthoeven’s letters to Buchelius, 1613-1622

It is often difficult to discover just how scholars from the past came by their information, because in their publications they hardly reveal their sources. That is why the 34 letters that Wouter van Gouthoeven wrote to Buchelius are so important: they offer a unique insight into the way in which both historians exchanged information, not only between themselves but also via their networks. An excellent postal communication was essential in this respect.