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Binghamton University acquires 15th century prayer books

VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University is now home to medieval history thanks to a grant and donors of the school. The library’s special collections now holds two 15th century prayer books.

“There really is nothing like touching a book that was created 600 years ago,” said Assistant Professor Bridget Whearty. She studies medieval texts like these ones called books of hours.

“And what that means is they are religious objects that people would carry with them and use seven times throughout the day,” she said.

The books have always been privately owned and never transcribed before. “Which mean that they’re incredible opportunities for research especially student driven research,” said Whearty.

According to Whearty, the books date back to the 1400s and served as a guide for Christianity. Now, they’ll serve as a research tool for students and faculty.

“There are things you cannot get from a screen and from seeing a book and touching it,” Whearty explained.

The two books were bid on at an auction in London back in December and are now being kept in a safe temperature controlled environment to preserve their history.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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