My favourite item at Hever Castle is Anne Boleyn's book of hours - Paris C. 1528.
In this book is Anne's inscription "remember me when you do pray/that hope doth lead from day to day"
“Hours” were personal prayer books which were popular in England from the 13th Century until the reformation. Short services to the Virgin Mary were read at eight fixed “Hours” during the day. “Hours” also contained a calendar of church festivals, psalms, prayers to favourite saints and services for the dead. They were often made to order, with minor variations to suit the purchaser.
This remarkable and previously unrecorded manuscript is the earliest and most poignant of the books which may have been owned by Anne Boleyn. Not only does it contain her signature and a most touching inscription, but other leading members of the Tudor court recorded their signatures on the blank folios and margins.
I have set this quote with a red rose image inside a glass cabochon. The cabochon is 30 x 40mm and in a bright silver plated setting with a faux pearl drop.