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Detailed record for Royal 18 E I

Author Jehan Froissart
Title Chroniques
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century, before 1483
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of the Chattering Hands and Master of the Harley Froissart
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold, with a full border with flowers, acanthus leaves and hybrids, and an initial in colours with a historiated decoration, at the beginning of the text (f. 12). 47 one or two-column miniatures in colours and gold, with partial borders, at the beginning of some chapters (ff. 40, 48, 61v, 68, 69v, 71v, 73, 76v, 80, 81v, 86, 87v, 91v, 94, 97v, 100, 103v, 113, 117v, 121, 126, 129, 137, 139v, 144v, 147, 150, 154, 157v, 163, 165v, 172, 175, 185, 189, 203v, 243, 246v, 255, 258v, 269, 300v, 316v, 326, 336v, 340v, 345). Foliate initials in colours and gold, and initials and paraphs in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white. Line-fillers in rose and blue with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 480 x 340 (290 x 190)
Official foliation ff. 367 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf, at the beginning and at the end; 1 blank leaf after f. 11)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1975. The former royal library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and the date of 1757, kept separately. Gilt edges.
Provenance William, 1st baron Hastings (b. c.1430, d. 1483), courtier and administrator, chamberlain of Edward IV : sketch of his arms (f. 12).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): perhaps to be identified with 'Le petit Froissart' in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 58; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 14v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Includes a volume 2 of the Chroniques of Froissart, covering the period 1377-1385; preceded by a list of contents (ff. 1-11v).
Catchwords written vertically, and bifolium signatures.
Select bibliography H. N. Humphreys, Illuminated Illustrations of Froissart, 2 vols (London: William Smith, 1844, 1845), II, pl. 12-25, 32, 33, 35, 36.

George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), II, pp. 314.

A. A. J. Armstrong 'L'échange culturel entre les cours d'Angleterre et de Bourgogne a l'époque de Charles le Témeraire', in England, France and Burgundy in the Fifteenth century, ed. by A. A. J. Armstrong (London: Hambledon Press, 1983), 35-49 (p. 47).

The Hastings Hours, with preface and commentary by D. H. Turner (London: Thames and Hudson, 1983), p. 100.

Pamela Tudor Craig, ‘The Hours of Edward V and William Lord Hastings: British Library Manuscript Additional 54782’, in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 351-69 (p. 354 n. 19).

Janet Backhouse, ‘Founders of the Royal Library: Edward IV and Henry VII as Collectors of Illuminated Manuscripts’, in England in the Fifteenth Century: Proceedings of the 1986 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by David Williams (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (pp. 28, 29, 41).

Janet Backhouse, The Hastings Hours (London: British Library, 1996), p. 41.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.56.

Janet Backhouse, 'Memorials and Manuscripts of a Yorkist Elite', in St George's Chapel, Windsor, in the Late Middle Ages, ed. by Colin Richmond and Eileen Scarff, Historical Monographs relating to St George Chapel, Windsor Castle, 17 (Leeds: Maney Publishing, 2001), pp. 151-60 (p. 156).

Hanno Wijsman, 'Two Petals of a Fleur: The 'Copenhagen Fleur des Histoires' and the Production of Illuminated Manuscripts in Bruges around 1480', in Fund og Forskning I Det Kongelige Biblioteks, 47 (2008), 17-72 (p. 68, ns. 105, 106).

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, ed. by Nigel Morgan and Stella Panayotova, Part one, vol. II: The Meuse Region, Southern Netherlands (London: Harvey Miller, 2009), p. 158.

Catherine Reynolds, ‘Makers of Royal Manuscripts: Court Artists in France and the Netherlands’, in 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, ed. by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick (London: The British Library, 2013), pp. 131-48 (p. 144).


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Joanna of Naples

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Louis, count of Flanders

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Charles IV

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Oliver de Hauterive

f. 97v
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f. 172
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f. 175
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f. 243
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f. 269
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f. 345
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