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Detailed record for Royal 14 D VI

Author Jehan Froissart
Title Chroniques
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date Last quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of the London Wavrin (ff. 84v, 161, 268v, 303)
Master of the Harley Froissart
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold, with a full border, and an initial in colours with penwork decoration in gold, at the beginning of the text (f. 5). 4 small miniatures in colours and gold, with partial borders, at the beginning of some rubrics (ff. 84v, 161, 268v, 303). Initials in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white. Line-fillers in blue and rose with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 430 x 305 (260 x 190), in two columns
Official foliation ff. 390 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Thomas Thwaytes (d.1503), chancellor of the Exchequer, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster under Edward IV, member of the royal council in 1482, and treasurer of Calais until 1490: his arms (vol. 1, Royal 14 D II, f. 8, vol. 2, Royal 14 D III, f. 1, vol. 3, Royal 14 D IV, f. 10, vol. 4, Royal 14 D V, f. 8; in the present volume the arms left unfinished); given by him to Edward IV or confiscated from him as a result of his arrest in 1494.
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 11.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the fifth volume of the Chroniques of Froissart; preceded by the list of contents (ff. 1-4); other volumes are Royal D II-V.
Catchwords written vertically, and bifolium signatures. Foliation in red, beginning on f. 6.
Select bibliography H. N. Humphreys, Illuminated Illustrations of Froissart Selected from the MS. in the British Museum, 2 vols (London: William Smith: 1845 -1845), pls 10, 11.

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, p. 138.

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, 1987), pp. 23-42 (pp. 30, 40)

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.7-11.

Scot McKendrick, Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts 1400-1550 (London: British Library, 2003), pl. 36.

Thomas Kren and Scot McKendrick, Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), p. 276.

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.

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. 163-64).
Last revised: 22 September 2009


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