scarlettohara
design-is-fine:

A girdle prayer book, as designed by John of Antwerp, 1540-45. The British Museum.

This was considered fashionable for ladies of rank in the English court of King Henry VIII between 1530-60. A small book enclosed within gold covers that is attached by long chains to girdle chains worn around the waist, almost as a conspicuous piece of jewellery. 
The fashion may have been introduced by the Spanish entourage of Queen Katherine of Aragon.

design-is-fine:

A girdle prayer book, as designed by John of Antwerp, 1540-45. The British Museum.

This was considered fashionable for ladies of rank in the English court of King Henry VIII between 1530-60. A small book enclosed within gold covers that is attached by long chains to girdle chains worn around the waist, almost as a conspicuous piece of jewellery.

The fashion may have been introduced by the Spanish entourage of Queen Katherine of Aragon.