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Detailed record for Additional 21247

Author Alain Chartier
Title Le Livre des Quatre Dames
Origin France, W. (Brittany)
Date c. 1425
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of Walters 221
Decoration Five framed miniatures in colours with gold (ff. 1, 22v, 40v, 52, 69),, each with full rinceaux border and a decorated initial, one containing a coat of arms (f. 1). Framed initials in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white. Cadels.
Dimensions in mm 245 x 165 (140 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 71 (f. 71 is a parchment flyleaf + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Red leather loose cover over original brown leather binding with blind-tooling. Marbled end-papers.
Provenance Anne de Laval (b.1385, d.1466), probably commissioned by her (see Booton, Medieval Brittany (2010)).
The Montmorency-Laval family of Brittany and Maine, supporters of the French king: their coat of arms in the initial on f. 1.
D. Francis Vera, bought by the British Museum from him with two other manuscripts (now Additional MS 21245 and 21246) for 60 on 22 March 1856.
Notes A poem of 3531 lines that was composed by Alain Chartier, political writer and ambassador for Charles VII of France, shortly after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The poet meets four ladies who tell of the fates of their four lovers who were lost in the battle. On the lower flyleaf is an added quatrain, 'Car piecza l'am/Pour ce belle que prins a l'ain/Avez le cueur du pouvre Allain/Ou il n'entre pencer villain'.
Select bibliography James. C. Laidlaw, 'The Manuscripts of Alain Chartier', The Modern Language Review, 61.2 (1966), 188-98 (p. 190).

The Poetical Works of Alain Chartier ed. by James C. Laidlaw (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974, pp. 45, 66-67, ms Df.

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library (London : British Library, 1997), no. 141.

Ursula Pieters, Das Ich im Bild: die Figur des Autors in volksprachigen Handschriften des 13. bis 16. Jahrhunderts (Cologne: Bohlau, 2008), pp. 100, 182-84, 189, pls. 97, 98.

A Companion to Alain Chartier (c. 1385-1430), ed. by Daisy Delogu, Joan E. McRae and Emma Cayley (Leiden, Brill, 2015), pp. 74-75, 98-99,102.

Diane E Booton, Manuscript, Market and the Transition to Print in Late Medieval Brittany (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 35, 310, 329.


Images
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The poet with the four ladies

f. 1
The poet with the four ladies
The poet and the four ladies

f. 1
The poet and the four ladies
The poet and the lady in brown

f. 22v
The poet and the lady in brown
 
The poet and the lady in blue

f. 40v
The poet and the lady in blue
The poet and the lady in green

f. 51
The poet and the lady in green
Presentation of the manuscript

f. 69
Presentation of the manuscript
 
Presentation of the book

f. 69
Presentation of the book

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