What is the historical origin of prayer
A major factor influencing everyday life in the Middle Ages, which many people clearly underestimate, is religion.
In a world in which one can always be picked up by death, life naturally gains great importance after it. And the way in which you spend your life largely determines the way in which you can spend eternal life.
In addition to a life that is as good and upright as possible, daily prayer is a way of making it into the kingdom of heaven.
The medieval version of the rosary, or rather its predecessor, is the paternoster. Unfortunately, it cannot be said from the pearl finds whether the paternoster is closed or open. However, numerous illustrations can show us this very well (see links below).
The number of pearls depends, of course, on how you pray and that certainly differs in different regions and church traditions. It was not until the late 14th century that the way of praying was regulated a little more. We choose a simple rhythm for our paternoster from 5 x 10 Ave Maria to 6 x 1 Our Father.
The materials are a difficult topic. Paternosters can consist of a wide variety of materials. Coral, bone, horn, gemstones, pearls, gold, silver. The materials chosen are based on the financial assets of the person who wears it (also with this accessory, if you cannot wear actual jewelry, you use every opportunity to show off), but also on the symbolism of the individual materials. For example, the rock crystal traditionally stands for divine enlightenment, bone for transience and death, rose quartz for the Virgin Mary, etc. The materials used convey a subtle message in religious objects. But of course that is up to you.
So these are our models. Left leg and foam coral with silk from Firiel and right dark leg and rock crystal with wool from me.
Incidentally, if you want to pray the rosary in a historically correct manner, you should contact the pastor of your choice or have a look here, here and here to see how to pray it in Latin.
For further reading:
Great job on paternoster
About paternosters in England
Finds and other evidence on paternosters
Images and finds of paternosters
Find of the week by Neues aus der Gothic
Find of paternoster pearls from Schleswig
An intermediate floor filling from a monastery in Bludenz produces countless paternoster pearls
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