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Detailed record for Arundel 71

Author Charles Soillot
Title Débat de félicité
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date between 1462 and 1467
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Attributed to the Master of the Hiéron (see McKendrick 2003).
Decoration 3 half-page miniatures, accompanied by large initials (3-4 lines) in gold on red and/or blue grounds, and full borders (ff. 1, 24, 39v). Small initials (2 lines) in gold on red and blue grounds. Small initials (1 line) in gold with blue pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 350 x 255 (215 x 145)
Official foliation ff. 57 (+ 2 modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 at the end); f. 9 now bound separately
Collation i2 (ff. 1-2), ii8-1 (8th leaf excised after f. 9; ff. 3-9), iii-viii8 (ff. 10-57).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Speckled leather; rebacked.
Provenance The Débat de félicité was composed in 1462.
The prologue was addressed to Charles the Bold before he became duke of Burgundy in 1467: '…conte de Charolais, seigneur de Chateaubelin et Bethune…' (f. 1).
? Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician.
Henry Howard (b. 1628, d. 1684), 6th duke of Norfolk, presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London (its ink stamp: 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.', f. 1v; its book-plate with the pencil inscription: ‘XV.6.5’, inside upper cover).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Notes Single leaf which doesn't belong to this manuscript taken out in 1947 and kept separately as Arundel 71, f. 9.
The Débat de félicité was composed in 1462.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part 1: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 21.

Walter de Gray Birch and Henry Jenner, Early Drawings and Illuminations: An Introduction to the Study of Illustrated Manuscripts (London: Bagster and Sons, 1879), p. 17.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 93 (f. 9).

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), fig. 18.

Andrew G. Watson, Medieval Manuscripts in Post-Medieval England (Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 2004), pp. IX, 240.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 150 [exhibition catalogue].

Scot McKendrick, ‘The Manuscripts of Edward IV: The Documentary Evidence’, in 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, ed. by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick (London: The British Library, 2013), pp. 149-77 (pp. 170-71).
Last revised: 02 December 2005


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Illuminated initial

f. 23v
Illuminated initial
The Three Estates

f. 24
The Three Estates
The Three Estates

f. 24
The Three Estates
 
The three estates

f. 39v
The three estates
The three estates

f. 39v
The three estates

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