Art-Historical and Literary Introduction
With a Conservation Report by Ulrike Bürger
Reproductions and Critical Edition
The prayer book of Ursula Begerin (Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 801) is among the most extensively illustrated prayer books of the entire Middle Ages. First conceived for a laywoman of Strasbourg ca. 1380-1410 as a picture book with a cycle of at least 136 full-page tinted drawings on biblical subjects covering the entire span of salvation history, to which is added an extensive appendix of saints, it was remade as a prayer book ca. 1480 for a nun of the city through the addition of more than 156 specially composed German prayers.