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Detailed record for Harley 4380

Author Jean Froissart
Title Chroniques, Vol. IV, part 2
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date between c. 1470 and 1472
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists This is the eponymous manuscript of the Master of the Harley Froissart, in collaboration with the Master of the Vienna Chroniques d'Angleterre.
Decoration 12 large miniatures with large decorated initials and full foliate borders including hybrid figures and birds, in colours and gold (ff. 1, 10v, 40, 58v, 84, 89, 117, 134, 148, 172v, 184v, 186v). 39 small column-wide miniatures with large decorated initials and partial foliate borders including hybrid figures, animals and birds, in colours and gold (ff. 4, 6, 18v, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 34v, 43, 48, 49, 54, 60v, 62, 98, 105, 106, 108, 118, 124v, 131v, 138v, 141, 149, 151, 152v, 160, 163, 166v, 170, 174v, 177, 178, 181v,189v, 193v, 196v, 197v). Small initials in gold with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line fillers decorated in gold and blue. Cadels. Capital letters highlighted in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 420 x 315 (270 x 195) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 200 (+ 3 parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Green velvet over wooden boards with brass clasps, two missing, c. 1700; rebacked; gilt edges.
Provenance Philippe de Commynes (b. 1447, d. 1511), statesman and chronicler: his added arms, quartered with those of his Flemish mother, Marguerite d'Armuyden (ff. 1, 6, 10v, 27, 40, 62, 84, 89, 134, 172v, 196v); he probably acquired the manuscript before 1472, when he transferred his allegiance from Charles the Bold to the rival Louis XI of France (see Kren and McKendrick 2003).
The library at Château d’Anet, with the usual mark (Harley 4379, f. 1).
Anne of Bavaria (b. 1648, d. 1723): her sale, Pierre Gaudouin, Paris, November 1724, lot 44; bought by James Woodman, London bookseller (see Kren and McKendrick 2003).
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts. Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d.1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Vol. IV, part 1 is Harley 4379.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: [n. pub.], 1808-12), III, no. 4379.

G. G. Coulton, The Chronicler of European Chivalry (London: Studio, 1930), passim.

Loren MacKinney, Medical Illustrations in Medieval Manuscripts, Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 5, 2 parts bound together (London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1965), with Thomas Herndon, Part II, Medical Miniatures in Extant Manuscripts: A Checklist, no. 48.

Laetitia Le Guay, Les princes de Bourgogne, lecteurs de Froissart: Les rapports entre le texte et l’image dans les manuscrits enluminés du livre IV des Chroniques (Paris: CNRS, 1998), pp. 31-34, 173, 180-82.

Paul Strohm, England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and the Language of Legitimation, 1399-1422 (New Haven: Yale, 1998), pl. 1.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: the Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), no. 68.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), figs. 25-26.

Michaela Braesel, ‘The Influence of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts on the Pre-Raphaelites and the Early Poetry of William Morris’, Journal of William Morris Studies, 15.4 (2004), 41-54 (p. 43).

Scot McKendrick, 'The Earliest Reproduction of the Crucifixion of the Parlement de Paris?', in Von Kunst und Temperament, Festschrift zu Ehren Eberhard Königs 60. Geburtstag, ed. by Mara Hofmann and Caroline Zöhl (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), 177-82, pl. 1.

Joe Flatman, Ships and Shipping in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2009), pls 128, 129, 151, 153.

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. 146).

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. 151-52, 160, 165, 173).


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Dance of the Wodewoses

f. 1
Dance of the Wodewoses
Dance of the Wodewoses

f. 1
Dance of the Wodewoses
Dance of the Wodewoses

f. 1
Dance of the Wodewoses
 


f. 4
Marriage

f. 6
Marriage
Treaty

f. 10v
Treaty
 
Treaty

f. 10v
Treaty
Treaty

f. 10v
Treaty


f. 18v
 


f. 18v


f. 20
Richard II

f. 21
Richard II
 
Death of Anne of Bohemia

f. 22
Death of Anne of Bohemia
Froissart

f. 23v
Froissart
Froissart

f. 23v
Froissart
 


f. 27


f. 34v
Charles VI

f. 40
Charles VI
 
Charles VI

f. 40
Charles VI


f. 43


f. 48
 


f. 49
Detail

f. 49
Detail


f. 54
 
William of Hainault

f. 58v
William of Hainault
Parliament of Paris

f. 60v
Parliament of Paris
Detail

f. 60v
Detail
 


f. 62
King of Hungary

f. 84
King of Hungary
Meeting of Richard II and Isabella

f. 89
Meeting of Richard II and Isabella
 


f. 98
Duchess of Orleans

f. 105
Duchess of Orleans


f. 106
 


f. 108
Richard II

f. 117
Richard II
Richard II

f. 117
Richard II
 
Helmeted man

f. 117
Helmeted man
Ransom of Comte de Nevers

f. 118
Ransom of Comte de Nevers


f. 124v
 


f. 131v
Arrest of the Duke of Gloucester

f. 134
Arrest of the Duke of Gloucester
Assembly at Rheims

f. 138v
Assembly at Rheims
 
Earl Marshall's challenge

f. 141
Earl Marshall's challenge
Richard II

f. 148
Richard II
Richard II

f. 148
Richard II
 
Meeting at Rheims

f. 152v
Meeting at Rheims


f. 163
Richard II

f. 166v
Richard II
 


f. 170


f. 172v


f. 172v
 
Earl of Derby

f. 174
Earl of Derby
Earl of Derby

f. 174v
Earl of Derby
Earl of Derby

f. 174v
Earl of Derby
 
Richard II

f. 177
Richard II
Richard II

f. 178
Richard II
Richard II in the Tower of London

f. 181v
Richard II in the Tower of London
 


f. 184v
Coronation of Henry IV

f. 186v
Coronation of Henry IV
Coronation of Henry IV

f. 186v
Coronation of Henry IV
 
Dame de Courcy

f. 189v
Dame de Courcy
Beheading of Richard II's partisans

f. 193v
Beheading of Richard II's partisans
Charles VI

f. 196v
Charles VI
 
Funeral of Richard II

f. 197v
Funeral of Richard II

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