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Detailed record for Royal 18 E VI

Author Jean Mansel
Title Fleur des histoires, books 2-3
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date Last quarter of the 15th century, before 1483
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Artists Master of the White Inscriptions
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold with a full border containing the royal arms of England, and an initial in colours with penwork decoration in gold, at the beginning of the prologue (f. 8). 1 one-column miniature in colours and gold with a partial border and an initial in colours (f. 175). Initials and paraphs in gold with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Line-fillers in gold and blue.
Dimensions in mm 470 x 335 (280 x 200)
Official foliation ff. 461 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1969.
Provenance Edward IV (b. 1442, d. 1483), king of England and lord of Ireland, probably made for him: the royal arms of England surrounded by the Garter with the motto 'Honny soit qui mal y pense', surmounted by a crowned helm with a mantling in Edward VI's colours of red and blue, and the Yorkist badge of a white rose-en-soleil with the motto 'Dieu est mon droit' (f. 8).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 25; 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 Catchwords written vertically. Foliation in red beginning on f. 8.
Select bibliography 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. 316.

F. Winkler, Die flämische Buchmalerei des XV. und XVI. Jahrhunderts: Künstler und Werke von den Brüdern van Eyck bis zu Simon Bening (Leipzig: E.A. Seemann, 1925), p. 179.

Rosamund Tuve, 'Notes on the Virtues and Vices', Journal of the Warburg and Courtault Institutes, 26 (1963) 264-303 (p. 281, n. 32).

Margaret Kekewich, 'Edward IV, William Caxton, and Literary Patronage in Yorkist England', The Modern Language Review, 66 (1971) 481-87 (p. 484).

P. Chavy, Traducteurs d'autrefois: dictionnaire des traducteurs et de la litte´rature traduite en ancien et moyen franc¸ais (842-1600) (Paris: Champion, 1988), p. 935.

Scot McKendrick, 'Lodewijk van Gruuthuse en de Librije van Edward IV', in Lodewijk van Gruuthuse , Mecenas en Europees Diplomaats ca. 1427-1492, ed. by M. P. J. Marten (Bruges, 1992), pp. 153-59 (p.159, n. 89).

Scot McKendrick, 'The Romuléon and the Manuscripts of Edward IV', in England in the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Nicholas Rogers, Harlaxton Medieval Studies, 4 (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1994), pp. 149-69 (pp. 162, ns 76, 77, 163, n. 84, 165, n. 101).

Maurits Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures from the 8th to the mid-16th Century: The Medieval World on Parchment (Turnhout: Brepols, 1999), pp. 424, 483, n. 7.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.25.

Hanno Wijsman, 'William Lord Hastings, Les Faits de Jacques De Lalaing et le Maître aux inscriptions blanches à propos du manuscrit français 16830 de la Bibliothèque nationale de France', in ’Als Ich Can’: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Professor Dr. Maurits Smeyers, ed. by Bert Cardon and others, 2 vols (Paris: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2002), pp. 1641-64 (p. 1652).

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. 63, n. 87).

Maureen Boulton, Sacred Fictions of Medieval France (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015), p. 319.

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Birth of Virgin

f. 8
Birth of Virgin

f. 175

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