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Detailed record for Royal 20 E VI

ff. 1-299v 
Title Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis (from 1422 to 1460)
 
 
Title Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis (from 1422 to 1460)
 
Origin France, N. (Calais?)
Date 1487
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Scribe Hugues de Lembourg
Decoration Spaces left for one, or two-column miniatures, at the beginning of books and chapters (ff. 26, 28v, 38, 42v, 47, 51, 57, 62v, 74, 80v, 84v, 99v, 105v, 143v, 150v, 169v, 177, 191, 198v, 233, 250, 259v, 287). Spaces left for large and small initials.
Dimensions in mm 535 x 335 (330 x 215)
Official foliation ff. 299 (+ 1 unfoliated modern paper flyleaf and 1 unfoliated modern parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library brown leather binding with the royal arms and a date of 1757; gilt edges.
Provenance Thomas Thwaytes (d. 1503), chancellor of the Exchequer, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster under Edward IV, and treasurer of Calais until 1490, arrested for treason in 1494, written for him in 1487 by Hugues de Lembourg, his servant, as a gift for Henry VII: colophon 'Cy finissent les fais et ges/tes du roy Loys le gros. / Ensemble les fais et / gestes de tous les au/tres dessus nommez ses / predeccesseurs, ce qui bi/en doit souffire pour / le contenu du premi/ers volume present des / nobles croniques de / france, escriptes en la / fourme et maniere que / dessus par le comman/dement de noble ho[m]me / messire Thomas Thway/tes chevallier engloys co[n]/seiller de Treshault tres/puissant et tresexcellent / prince Henry le VIIe par / la grace de dieu roy dan/gleterre et tresorier de / ses ville et marches de / Calays. Et fut ce pre/sent et premier volume / desdictes cronicques par/acheve et fine de la mai[n] / de Hugues de Lembourg / natif de Paris poure / clerc et humble servite[u]r / domestique du dessus/nomme tresorier. Lan / du regne du dessusdit / son souverain seigneur/ et maistre IIIe. Le XIIIe io[u]r / Doctobre' (vol. 3, Royal 20 E III, f. 94v); his arms (vol. 3, Royal 20 E III, f. 155v).
Henry VII (b. 1457, d. 1509), king of England and lord of Ireland: the royal arms of England (f. 20) supported by a red dragon and a white hound (f. 9v), the portcullis badge of the Beauforts used by Henry VII, and a white rose of York combined with a red rose of Lancaster (f. 9v).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): perhaps to be identified with the 'Croniques de France' included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 60; and perhaps in the Catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix, f. 13v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Sixth of six volumes (Royal 20 E I-VI).
Catchwords; guide letters for initials.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 10).

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. 387-88.

Anglo-Flemish Art under the Tudors: An Exhibition held in the Department of Prints and Drawings (London: British Museum, 1954), no. 15.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 918.

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 Press, 1987), pp. 23-42 (pp. 34-35, 38).

Anne D. Hedeman, The Royal Image: Illustrations of the Grandes Chroniques de France, 1274-1422 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991), p. 181.

Anne F. Sutton, Livia Visser-Fuchs, ‘Choosing a Book in Late Fifteenth-century England and Burgundy’, in England and the Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages, ed. by Caroline Barron and Nigel Saul (Stroud: Sutton, 1995), pp. 61-98 (pp. 97, n. 145).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.58, p. 21.

Pamela Porter, Medieval Warfare in Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2000), p. 45.

Richard H. Rouse and Mary A. Rouse, Manuscripts and Their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris 1200-1500, 2 vols (Turnhout: Harvey Miller, 2000), II, p. 54.

Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, ed. by Richard Marks and Paul Williamson (London: V & A Publications, 2003), no. 46 [exhibition catalogue].

Kathleen L. Scott, 'Manuscripts for Henry VII, his Household and Family', in The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. by Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), pp. 279-86 (p. 280, n. 17).

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 120 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 17 January 2011


Images

ff. 1-299v
Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis (from 1422 to 1460)
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Henry V and Catharine of Valois

f. 9v
Henry V and Catharine of Valois
Henry V and Catharine of Valois

f. 9v
Henry V and Catharine of Valois
Arms of England

f. 9v
Arms of England
 
Text page

f. 10
Text page
Attack on St James in Normandy

f. 20
Attack on St James in Normandy
Siege of Montargis

f. 22
Siege of Montargis
 
Siege of Montargis

f. 22
Siege of Montargis

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