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  Page from a Processional  
France, Paris, c. 1510

Saint Dominic and His Dog. This manuscript is called a processional because it contains musical chants for processions celebrating the major events of the church year. The miniature marks the August 4th feast day of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, also known as the Dominicans. The book belonged to Poissy, a Dominican house for nuns founded by King Philip IV of France in 1298.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 7, fol. 104v

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