The Hours of the Virgin being interspersed with the Hours of the Cross was uncommon in France at the time this book was made but was rather popular in English prayer books, as is the incorporation of Suffrages. In the book at hand, the prayers to Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret are illustrated with large miniatures, which may indicate that these saints are connected with the owner: Sir John Talbot’s oldest daughter was named Katherine, while his second wife’s name was Margaret.
The magnificent manuscript was illuminated by three artists in the orbit of the Dunois and Harvard Hannibal Masters. It is, however, evident that all three artists were eager to harmonize their paintings. The palette is quite homogenous and features like skies with minuscule golden stars and silvery streaks of clouds are found in all miniatures.