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Detailed record for Royal 19 E II

Author Revised by David Aubert
Title Perceforest (Anciennes croniques Dangleterre, faictz et gestes du roy Perceforest, et des chevaliers du Franc Palais), imperfect
Origin Netherlands, S. (Bruges)
Date Last decade of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive (bâtarde)
Artists Follower of the Master of the Prayer Books of c. 1500
Decoration 11 one-column miniatures in colours with partial trompe l'oeil borders in colours and gold, and illuminated initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of some chapters (ff. 54v, 105, 129v, 144, 166, 216v, 244, 276v, 305, 318v, 348v). Initials in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white.
Dimensions in mm 475 x 350 (300 x 225)
Official foliation ff. 378 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1987. Old covers stored separately as Royal 19 E II (B).
Provenance Unidentified shelfmark '383' (f. 1).
Henry VII (b. 1457, d. 1509), king of England and lord of Ireland perhaps belonged to him: inscription on a former 18th-century border of the first volume, Royal 15 E V, mentioning, probably in error, Henry VI instead of Henry VII (see Warner and Gilson 1921).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 13.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the third volume of the romance of Perceforest revised by David Aubert (b. before 1413, d. c. 1479), librarian to Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy. The other two volumes of the set are Royal 15 E V and 19 E III. According to Roussineau 1987, the set correspond with volumes I-III of the original produced by David Aubert for Philip the Good in 1459-1460 (Paris Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal 3483-3485). They are believed to be a printer's copy.
Bifolium signatures. Foliation in red.
Select bibliography 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), I, pp. 377-81.

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. 347-48.

I. M. P. Raeside, 'The Manuscripts of Les anciennes croniques de Pise', Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relative aux manuscrits, 9 (1955) 85-104 (p. 90, n. 22).

Le Roman de Perceforest: Quatrieme partie, ed. by G. Roussineau (Geneve: Librairie Droz, 1987), pp. xxi-xxxiii.

Anne F. Sutton and Livia Visser-Fuchs, Richard III’s Books: Ideals and Reality in the Life and Library of a Medieval Prince (Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sutton, 1997), p. 238 n. 118.

Pascale Charron and Marc Gil, 'Les enluminures des manuscrits de David Aubert', in Les manuscrits de David Aubert escripvain bourguignon, ed. by Danielle Quéruel, Cultures et Civilisation Médiévales, 18 (Paris: Press de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1999), pp. 81-100 (pp. 86, 95-96).

Gilles Roussineau, 'David Aubert, copiste du Roman de Perceforest', in Les manuscrits de David Aubert escripvain bourguignon, ed. by Danielle Quéruel, Cultures et Civilisation Médiévales, 18 (Paris: Press de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1999) pp. 35-51 (pp. 36, n. 8, 38).

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 17.

Pamela Porter, Courtly Love in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2003), pp. 5, 41.
Last revised: 18 September 2009


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Troilus and Lionnel

f. 54v
Troilus and Lionnel
Gadiffer and Pierrote

f. 105
Gadiffer and Pierrote
Knight and lady

f. 129v
Knight and lady
 
Knight and lady

f. 129v
Knight and lady
Gadiffer and Flavine

f. 144
Gadiffer and Flavine
Gilded Knight

f. 166
Gilded Knight
 
Knight

f. 216v
Knight
Perceforest

f. 244
Perceforest
Troilus

f. 276v
Troilus
 
Tournament

f. 305
Tournament
Gadiffer and fighting knights

f. 318v
Gadiffer and fighting knights
Lionnel

f. 348v
Lionnel
 

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