If chaining books wasn’t enough to deter would-be thieves then there was one other path open to them – the insertion of a curse, usually on the first page or as part of the colophon, there to forever reside within the volume like a sentinelled demon. If punishment to the body via common law wasn’t enough to dissuade a criminal, perhaps the idea of chastisement to the eternal soul could.
Other curses call for the perpetrator to be ‘hauled up by the neck.’
Fig 13 – Hours, chiefly in Latin, containing Calendar. Fr. f. 1. Hours of the Virgin, f. 20. Penitential Psalms and Litany,f 89. ‘Les heures de la …’
In the war between England and France a medieval adventure begins with a letter. Two sisters, Cécile and Catherine, enter a world of passion and intrigue, separated as infants, rediscovered by chance. Can they unravel a mystery and be re-united? (The Lily and the Lion – Book One)