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Detailed record for Egerton 3028

Author Wace
Title Roman de Brut, a verse epitome (begins imperfectly) with continuation to Edward III; La Destruction de Rome; Fierabras
Origin England
Date 2nd quarter of the 14th century
Language French (Anglo-Norman)
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 2 full-page miniatures, accompanied by large decorated initials with partial foliate borders on the facing page, in colours (ff. 63v, 83v). Numerous coloured pen-drawings (on recto of each leaf from ff. 1-63, 64v, on recto of each leaf from ff. 66-83, 84v, on recto of each leaf from ff. 86-118). Small initials in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 200 x 120 (150 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 118 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Narcissus Luttrell (d. 1732), annalist, by 1693: his monogram and date (f. 1v).
Bought by the British Museum from W. C. Pendarves, 10 July 1920 (note on 2nd flyleaf), using the Bridgewater fund (£12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes The first quire misbound; the right order being ff. 2, 8, 3-7, 1, 9.
One of the first images of Stonehenge.
f. 1-56 Condensed version of Roman de Brut, begins (f.2) at line 4883 of the full version (Weiss' edition, 2002, p. 124)
f. 56-63 Continuation from Egbert to Edward III
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1916-1920 (London: British Museum, 1933), no. Eg. 3028.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 111.

Suzanne Lewis, The Art of Matthew Paris in the 'Chronica Majora' (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1987), no. 100, p. 485.

Ruth Dean and Maureen Bolton, Anglo-Norman Literature, A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 1999), nos. 50, 82.1, 82.2.

Judith Weiss, Wace's Roman de Brut, A History of the British: Text and Translation, Revised Edition, Exeter Medieval English Texts and Studies (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2002).

Christopher Chippendale, Stonehenge Complete (London: Thames and Hudson, 2004), p. 23.

Timothy Darville, Stonehenge: The Biography of a Landscape (Stroud: Tempus, 2006).

Jean Blacker, 'Courtly Revision of Wace's Roman de Brut in British Library Egerton MS 3028' in Courtly Arts and the Art of Courtliness, ed. by Keith Busby and Christopher Kleinhenz (Cambridge: Brewer, 2006), pp. 237-258.

Christian Heck, 'Histoire Mythique et Archéologie au Quinzième Siècle: Une Représentation Inédite de Stonehenge', in Tributes in Honor of James Marrow: Studies in Painting and Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages and Northern Renaissance, ed. by J.F. Hamburger and A.S. Korteweg (London: Harvey Miller, 2006), pp. 253-60.

Making History: Antiquaries in Britain, 1707-2007 (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2007), no. 155, p. 232 [exhibition catalogue].

La Légende du roi Arthur, ed. by Thierry Delcourt (Paris: Bibiothèque nationale de France, 2009), pl. on p. 14, p. 89 [exhibition catalogue].


Images
* * *
 
Maurice and Maximilan

f. 1
Maurice and Maximilan
Nativity

f. 2
Nativity
Claudius and Arviragus

f. 3
Claudius and Arviragus
 
Pope Eleutherius

f. 4
Pope Eleutherius
Constantine

f. 6
Constantine
Trahern and king of Norway

f. 7
Trahern and king of Norway
 
Arviragus

f. 8
Arviragus
Conan

f. 9
Conan
11,000 virgins

f. 10
11,000 virgins
 
Romans

f. 12
Romans
Guincelins and Aldrogen

f. 13
Guincelins and Aldrogen
King Constantius

f. 14
King Constantius
 
Detail

f. 15
Detail
Vortigern and Constans

f. 15
Vortigern and Constans
King Constans

f. 16
King Constans
 
Vortigern

f. 17
Vortigern
Hengist

f. 18
Hengist
Hengist

f. 19
Hengist
 
Rowona and Vortigern

f. 20
Rowona and Vortigern
Saxons sail away

f. 21
Saxons sail away
Massacre

f. 22
Massacre
 
Vortigern

f. 23
Vortigern
Merlin

f. 24
Merlin
Dragons

f. 25
Dragons
 
Bretons

f. 26
Bretons
Hengist

f. 27
Hengist
Octa

f. 28
Octa
 
Merlin

f. 29
Merlin
Stonehenge

f. 30
Stonehenge
Stonehenge

f. 30
Stonehenge
 
Irish troops

f. 31
Irish troops
Appas

f. 32
Appas
Merlin and Uther

f. 33
Merlin and Uther
 
Tower of London

f. 34
Tower of London
King Uther

f. 35
King Uther
Coronation of Arthur

f. 37
Coronation of Arthur
 
Gillarmorus and Arthur

f. 38
Gillarmorus and Arthur
Arthur

f. 39
Arthur
Frolles

f. 40
Frolles
 
Arthur

f. 41
Arthur
Drawing of king Arthur finding a giant roasting a pig.

f. 49
Drawing of king Arthur finding a giant roasting a pig.
Arthur's death

f. 53
Arthur's death
 
Deaths from pestilence

f. 56
Deaths from pestilence
Death of Athelstan

f. 57
Death of Athelstan
Shrine of Edward the Confessor

f. 59
Shrine of Edward the Confessor
 
Drawing of the coronation of Henry I.

f. 60
Drawing of the coronation of Henry I.
king John is brought to Winchester for burial

f. 61
king John is brought to Winchester for burial
tomb of Edward I

f. 63
tomb of Edward I
 
Fierenbras

f. 63v
Fierenbras
Decorated initial 'S'.

f. 64
Decorated initial 'S'.
Laban and 3 kings offer birds to Tormagant and Appollyon.

f. 64v
Laban and 3 kings offer birds to Tormagant and Appollyon.
 
Laban and Espiard

f. 66
Laban and Espiard
Laban's ship and pavillion

f. 67
Laban's ship and pavillion
The Pope appealed to for help

f. 68
The Pope appealed to for help
 
Savaris slays a Saracen

f. 69
Savaris slays a Saracen
Lucafer and Laban

f. 70
Lucafer and Laban
Fierenbras presents Mabon to Laban

f. 71
Fierenbras presents Mabon to Laban
 
Drawing of a naval assault on Rome repelled.

f. 72
Drawing of a naval assault on Rome repelled.
Drawing of Savaris slaying a Saracen.

f. 73
Drawing of Savaris slaying a Saracen.
The giant Estragot slays Savaris

f. 74
The giant Estragot slays Savaris
 
Estragot crushed by the portcullis

f. 75
Estragot crushed by the portcullis
Fight of Fiernebras and Huberd

f. 76
Fight of Fiernebras and Huberd
The pope lands his army

f. 77
The pope lands his army
 
Laban sends Lucafer to Rome

f. 78
Laban sends Lucafer to Rome
Drawing of Isorez bringing the keys of Rome to Laban's tent.

f. 79
Drawing of Isorez bringing the keys of Rome to Laban's tent.
Fierenbras takes the relics from the altar at St Peter's.

f. 80
Fierenbras takes the relics from the altar at St Peter's.
 
Laban and Floripas aboard ship, the Cross on the stern

f. 81
Laban and Floripas aboard ship, the Cross on the stern
Charlemagne arrives at the burning city of Rome.

f. 82
Charlemagne arrives at the burning city of Rome.
Battle of Charlemagne and Fierenbras

f. 83
Battle of Charlemagne and Fierenbras
 
Charlemagne

f. 83v
Charlemagne
Decorated initial

f. 84
Decorated initial
Fierenbras before Charlemagne's tent

f. 84v
Fierenbras before Charlemagne's tent
 
Drawing of Oliver finding Fierenbras resting, his horse ...

f. 86
Drawing of Oliver finding Fierenbras resting, his horse ...
Oliver and Fierenbras fight on horseback.

f. 87
Oliver and Fierenbras fight on horseback.
Fight of Oliver and Fierenbras continued on foot.

f. 88
Fight of Oliver and Fierenbras continued on foot.
 
Charlemagne kneels before the altar.

f. 89
Charlemagne kneels before the altar.
Oliver wounds Fierenbras

f. 90
Oliver wounds Fierenbras
Drawing of Oliver fighting with Saracens.

f. 91
Drawing of Oliver fighting with Saracens.
 
Charlemagne finds Fierenbras lying under a holm tree.

f. 92
Charlemagne finds Fierenbras lying under a holm tree.
Roland and Oliver brought as prisoners before Laban.

f. 93
Roland and Oliver brought as prisoners before Laban.
Floripas listens outside of the prison.

f. 94
Floripas listens outside of the prison.
 
Floripas explains to Laban the death of Brutaman.

f. 95
Floripas explains to Laban the death of Brutaman.
Charlemagne, in his tent, gives orders to Guy of Burgundy.

f. 96
Charlemagne, in his tent, gives orders to Guy of Burgundy.
Charlemagne's knights

f. 97
Charlemagne's knights
 
Charlemagne's knights defeat the Saracens

f. 98
Charlemagne's knights defeat the Saracens
Castle

f. 99
Castle
Lucifer

f. 100
Lucifer
 
Lucifer

f. 101
Lucifer
Drawing of Laban besieging the castle.

f. 102
Drawing of Laban besieging the castle.
Drawing of the giant Agelafre holding the drawbridge.

f. 103
Drawing of the giant Agelafre holding the drawbridge.
 
Drawing of Laban sending Maupin to steal the girdle.

f. 104
Drawing of Laban sending Maupin to steal the girdle.
Drawing of the sally of Oliver and the peers.

f. 105
Drawing of the sally of Oliver and the peers.
Trebuchet

f. 106
Trebuchet
 
Guy

f. 107
Guy
Richard of Normandy

f. 108
Richard of Normandy
Throwing plate

f. 109
Throwing plate
 
Gonnelun

f. 110
Gonnelun
Charlemagne

f. 111
Charlemagne
Agolafre

f. 112
Agolafre
 
Charlemagne

f. 113
Charlemagne
Fierenbras

f. 114
Fierenbras
Charlemagne and Richard

f. 115
Charlemagne and Richard
 
Battle

f. 116
Battle
Turpin

f. 117
Turpin
Charlemagne sailing home

f. 118
Charlemagne sailing home
 

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