Within a book that makes no claims for consistent structure, the Accessory Prayers and Suffrages section proves most inconsistent. These varieties, however, allow for the individual and regional character of the Book of Hours. Different saints were venerated in different areas; furthermore, particular saints were sought for different purposes. Since Books of Hours were not official Church books but were sold and made by secular booksellers, variations between texts are extensive.
The medieval Legenda Aurea (Golden Legend), a collection of saints' lives compiled by Jacobus de Voragine in 1275, provided numerous stories of various saints. Legenda Aurea and Books of Hours were two medieval best-sellers. Herein the reader finds stories of the saint's life, miracles attributed to him or her, and any special attributes. Often the depiction of a saint, which seems foreign and strange to modern eyes, was standard for the medieval viewer. The prayers to the saints found in Books of Hours are succinct devotions, consisting of an antiphon, verse, response, and a prayer.