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Saint Lucy is holding a girdle book, which was bound with an extension of the cover that allowed the book to be tucked under one's belt. She is a figure from the Saint Martin Altarpiece, painted about 1485, by Butinone and Zenale in Treviglio, Italy.

Saint Lucy is holding a girdle book, which was bound with an extension of the cover that allowed the book to be tucked under one's belt. She is a figure from the Saint Martin Altarpiece, painted about 1485, by Butinone and Zenale in Treviglio, Italy.

Make a Girdle Book. In this workshop students will create a medieval style leather “girdle book”. These books were worn by monks, nobles and women in medieval times. The long tapered tail at the end of the book was slipped through the belt or girdle, and the knot/knob at the end stopped the book from coming off. The book hangs upside down, for easy reading while still on one’s belt or girdle.

Make a Girdle Book. In this workshop students will create a medieval style leather “girdle book”. These books were worn by monks, nobles and women in medieval times. The long tapered tail at the end of the book was slipped through the belt or girdle, and the knot/knob at the end stopped the book from coming off. The book hangs upside down, for easy reading while still on one’s belt or girdle.

Saint Michael, workshop of the Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilian: (top) about 1500, British Library, (bottom) about 1510-20, Getty Museum

Saint Michael, workshop of the Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilian: (top) about 1500, British Library, (bottom) about 1510-20, Getty Museum

Detail from an altarpiece with St. Martin, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, and St. Katherine from St. Florian, c. 1510-1520

Detail from an altarpiece with St. Martin, St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, and St. Katherine from St. Florian, c. 1510-1520

The Holy Trinity - First Vision of Hildegard of Bingen from The Liber Divinorum Operum

The Holy Trinity - First Vision of Hildegard of Bingen from The Liber Divinorum Operum

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