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Detailed record for Royal 15 D V

Author Pierre de Hangest; Jehan Mansell; Arnold of Liège
Title Les Omelies Saint Grégoire pape (f. 1); La Fleur des Histoires (f. 218); Exemples Moraux (f. 259v)
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date 2nd half of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of Edward IV; artist of St Omer 421 (see Brinkman 1997).
Decoration 2 large miniatures, one of Secundinus receiving the book which Gregory has completed (f. 9), the other of Gregory in discourse with Peter the Deacon (f. 218), both with foliate borders in colours with gold, containing the arms of England and hybrid creatures or birds. 41 smaller miniatures in several hands, in colours with gold, some partly in grisaille, each illustrating the biblical passage which follows (ff. 13v-213v). Numerous small initials in gold with penwork decoration in red and blue. Rubrics in red. Chapter numbers and page numbers in red. Line-filllers in red and blue. Ruling in red.
Dimensions in mm 430 x 320 (260 x 185/90) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 354 (+ 2 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the beginning and 2 at the end; the first and last flyleaf are pasted to the marbled endpapers)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal Library binding of brown leather with the royal arms and a date of 1757. Gilt edges.
Provenance Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland, belonged to him: the English Royal arms (ff. 9, 218).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace in 1535, no. 53 and perhaps in the catalogue of 1666 (f. 14).
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes The directions for the illuminator, in words, have been generally cut off, but remain at f. 204, 'Ycy fault nostre seigneur qui enuoye ces (sic) disciples'.
The artist of St Omer MS 421 painted miniatures on ff. 33v, 44, 48, 53, 57, 148v (heads), 171, 173, 177) (according to Brinkman 1997).
The texts are French translations and adaptations of the Latin homilies and dialogues of Gregory the Great and of the Alphabetum Narrationum. The two latter works form part of 'La Fleur des Histoires'.
The 40 homilies do not follow the order in the Latin text of the Corbie manuscript (see: Gregorius Magnus, Homiliae in Evangelia, ed. by Raymond Etaix, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina CXLI (Turnhout: Brepols, 1999)). The order is as follows: no. 1, 6, 7, 20 (in 3 parts), 8, 10, 19, 15, 2, 16, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 22, 26, 14, 29, 30, 40, 36, 34, 39, 33, 31, 38, 28, 27, 5, 9, 13, 35, 32, 37, 3, 11, 12, 17, 4.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 8).

H. L. D. Ward and J. A. Herbert, Catalogue of Romances in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, 3 vols (London: British Museum, 1883-1910), III (1910), pp. 441-49.

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. 173-74.

Guy de Poerck, ‘Introduction a la Fleur des histoires de Jean Mansel (XVe siecle)’, Annales du Cercle archeologique de Mons, 54 (1935), pp. 6-101 [on the text].

Bodo Brinkmann, Die Fla¨mische Buchmalerei am Ende des Burgunderreichs: der Meister des Dresdener Gebetbuchs und die Miniaturisten seiner Zeit (Turnhout: Brepols, 1997), pp. 110, ns., 397, 399.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.51.

The Orthodox Monks of the Abbey of Bois-Aubry, 'Saint Gregoire le Grand: Homélies sur les Evangiles pour le temps de l’Avent, des Gésimes et du Carême' (2002) in Eglise Orthodoxe des Gaules
[http://www.eglise-orthodoxe.eu/pdf/homelies_gregoire_grand.pdf]
[accessed 23rd October 2000) [for a modern French translation of 8 of the homilies in the text].

Scot McKendrick, John Lowden, and Kathleen Doyle, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 59 [exhibition catalogue].

Margriet Hoogvliet, 'Encouraging Lay People to Read the Bible in the French Vernaculars: New Groups of Readers and Textual Communities', Church History and Religious Culture, 93 (2013), 239-74 (p. 246, n. 25). [https://www.academia.edu/3808358/_Encouraging_Lay_People_to_Read_the_Bible_in_the_French_Vernaculars_New_Groups_of_Readers_and_Textual_Communities_Church_History_and_Religious_Culture_93_2013_pp._239-274_peer-reviewed_ ; accessed on 5.3.2015]


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Death

f. 26
Death
Death

f. 26
Death
Three Maries

f. 61
Three Maries
 
Three Maries

f. 61
Three Maries
Christ as the Gardener

f. 72v
Christ as the Gardener
Christ as the Gardener

f. 72v
Christ as the Gardener
 
Hell

f. 107v
Hell
Hell

f. 107v
Hell
Text page

f. 217v
Text page
 
Pope Gregory and Peter the Deacon

f. 218
Pope Gregory and Peter the Deacon
Pope Gregory and Peter the Deacon

f. 218
Pope Gregory and Peter the Deacon

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