I love books of hours in general and find them so beautiful, just knowing how much painstaking work went into creating a manuscript like the kinds we see from the 1400s-1500s–from making the parchment to doing all of the lettering and detail work and copying to binding the book to adding illustrations and gilt; it always results in a truly special and unique object.
Princeton University hosts a wonderful site entitled “Middle Ages For Educators”, which is designed to bring experts and primary sources to those who teach the Middle Ages in schools and colleges. It has a lot of video resources, and I was asked to make one about ten minutes long.
When Bradley unexpectedly opened his papers, he closed the announcement with a comedic stage whisper to the audience, “I hope they don’t find anything.” Given Bradley’s sterling reputation, I don’t think anyone ever will. However, now you can hear from the man himself, as Bradley opens up about his remarkable life.
In 1776, the Continental Congress moved from Philadelphia to Baltimore under pressure from the British. And it was from Baltimore that the President of the Congress, John Hancock wrote this letter to the Honorable Assembly of the State of Delaware on January 31, 1777.