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Detailed record for Royal 20 C V

Author Giovanni Boccaccio
Title Des cleres et nobles femmes, De claris mulieribus in an anonymous French translation
Origin France, Central (Paris)
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Master of Boethius BnF fr. 12459
Decoration 106 miniatures in colours and gold with partial bar borders and large foliate initials in colours and gold (ff. 2v, 5 (in four panels with a full border), 7, 8v, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16v, 17v, 19, 20, 20v, 22, 24, 26, 27v, 29, 30v, 31v, 32v, 33, 34v, 37, 37v, 38v, 39v, 42, 43v, 45v, 46v, 49, 49v, 50v, 51v, 52v, 54, 58, 59v, 61v, 64, 65, 71v, 72v, 73, 75, 75v, 76v, 78v, 80, 82, 85, 86, 86v, 87v, 90, 90v, 93v, 96, 96v, 97, 98v, 99v, 101, 102v, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108v, 110v, 112v, 113v, 115v, 116v, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124v, 125, 126v, 127v, 128, 129, 129v, 131v, 135v, 136v, 137v, 139, 141v, 143, 144v, 146v, 147v, 149, 150v, 152v, 156, 157, 158, 160, 161v, 165v). Partial bar border in colours and gold with foliate motifs, and a large initial in colours and gold with the Beaufort badge: a portcullis and chains surmounted by a coronet (f. 1). Partial bar border in colours and gold with foliate motifs and a large initial in colours and gold (f. 167v). Champ initials in colours and gold. Line fillers in blue, red, and gold. Capitals marked in yellow.
Dimensions in mm 390 x 280 (235 x 170) in two columns
Official foliation ff. ii + 168 (+ 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning + 3 unfoliated parchment flyleaves at the end)
Collation Gatherings of 8 leaves.
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. White parchment; marbled endpapers; gilt fore-edges; spine stamped with gilt crowns and roses.
Provenance A member of the Beaufort family: added initial 'D'(e) in colours and gold with the Beaufort badge: a portcullis and chains surmounted by a coronet (f. 1); 'possibly to be identified as the "greatte volume of velom named John Bokas lymned" owned by Lady Margaret Beaufort' (see Carley 2000).
Inscribed in a late 15th-century hand, 'The booke of the noble ladyes in French' (f. [ii]).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Westminster inventory number 'no. 478' (f. 1), included in the inventory of books in the Upper Library at Westminster of 1542; in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, ff. 11v or 12v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
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. 372.

Fritz Saxl and Hans Meier, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierter Handschriften des lateinischen Mittelalters, ed. by Harry Bober, 4 vols (London: Warburg Institute, 1916-66), III: Handschriften in englischen Bibliotheken (1953), pp. 222-23.

Carla Bozzolo, Manuscripts des traductions françaises d'oeuvres de Boccacce, XVe siècle (Padua: Antenore, 1973), pp. 23-25, 153-54.

Millard Meiss, with Sharon Off Dunlap Smith and Elizabeth Home Beaton, French Painting in the Time of Jean de Berry: The Limbourgs and Their Contemporaries, 2 vols (London: Thames and Hudson, 1974), I, p. 370.

Catherine Reynolds, 'Illustrated Boccaccio Manuscripts in the British Library (London), ' Studi sul Boccaccio, 17 (1988), 113-81 (pp. 171-80).

Boccaccio visualizzato: Narrare per parole e per immagini fra Medioevo e Rinascimento, ed. by Vittore Branca, Biblioteca di Storia dell'arte, 30, 3 vols (Torino: Giulio Einaudi, 1999), I: Saggi generale con una prospettiva dal barocco a oggi, pp. 109, 110, 136; and III: Opere d'arte d'origine francese, fiamminga, inglese, spagnola, tedesca, pp. 12, 42-46, 53, 54, 267, 316.

The Image of Time: European Manuscript Books (Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2000), no. 64 [exhibition catalogue].

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H2.301, p. xxiv.

James P. Carley, The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives, preface by David Starkey (London: British Library, 2004), p. 49, pl. 44.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 70 [exhibition catalogue].
Last revised: 18 September 2009


Images
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Beaufort badge

f. 1
Beaufort badge
Boccaccio

f. 5
Boccaccio
Boccaccio

f. 5
Boccaccio
 
Eve and the serpent

f. 7
Eve and the serpent
Semiramis seated

f. 8v
Semiramis seated
Statue of Opis

f. 11
Statue of Opis
 
Ceres on her throne

f. 13
Ceres on her throne
Minerva crowned

f. 15
Minerva crowned
Venus

f. 16v
Venus
 
Libya

f. 20
Libya
Marpesia and Lampeto

f. 20v
Marpesia and Lampeto
Thisbe finding the body of Pyramus

f. 22
Thisbe finding the body of Pyramus
 
Hymnestra

f. 24
Hymnestra
Niobe

f. 26
Niobe
Niobe

f. 26
Niobe
 
Hypsipytle helping Thoas

f. 27v
Hypsipytle helping Thoas
Medea uttering a spell

f. 29
Medea uttering a spell
Medea uttering a spell

f. 29
Medea uttering a spell
 
Arachne spinning

f. 30v
Arachne spinning
Arachne weaving

f. 30v
Arachne weaving
Orithyia and Antiope

f. 31v
Orithyia and Antiope
 
Erythraea writing

f. 32v
Erythraea writing
Medusa in a ship

f. 33
Medusa in a ship
Medusa in a ship

f. 33
Medusa in a ship
 
Hercules

f. 34v
Hercules
Deianira and Nessus crossing a river

f. 37
Deianira and Nessus crossing a river
Almathea reading

f. 38v
Almathea reading
 
Nicostrata

f. 39v
Nicostrata
Argia

f. 43v
Argia
The wives of the Messenians

f. 46v
The wives of the Messenians
 
Pontheslea

f. 49
Pontheslea
Neoptolemus sacrificing Polyxena

f. 49v
Neoptolemus sacrificing Polyxena
Hecuba

f. 50v
Hecuba
 
Cassandra and Priam

f. 51v
Cassandra and Priam
Agamemnon and Clytemnestra

f. 52v
Agamemnon and Clytemnestra
Helen and Paris in a castle

f. 54
Helen and Paris in a castle
 
Circe and Ulysses

f. 58
Circe and Ulysses
Camilla

f. 59v
Camilla
Camilla

f. 59v
Camilla
 
Penelope

f. 61v
Penelope
Lavinia

f. 64v
Lavinia
Death of Dido

f. 65
Death of Dido
 
Nicaula, queen of the Ethiopians

f. 71v
Nicaula, queen of the Ethiopians
Pamphila

f. 72v
Pamphila
Rhea Silvia

f. 73
Rhea Silvia
 
Gaia Caecilia or Tanaquil

f. 75
Gaia Caecilia or Tanaquil
Sappho

f. 75v
Sappho
Sappho

f. 75v
Sappho
 
Lucretia

f. 76v
Lucretia
'Thamire' (Thamyris), queen of the Scythians

f. 78v
'Thamire' (Thamyris), queen of the Scythians
Leonne

f. 80
Leonne
 
Athalia

f. 82
Athalia
Ypone' (Hippo) drowning herself

f. 86
Ypone' (Hippo) drowning herself
Megullia Dotata

f. 86v
Megullia Dotata
 
Veturia and Volumnia meeting Coriolanus

f. 87v
Veturia and Volumnia meeting Coriolanus
Thamar

f. 90
Thamar
Thamar

f. 90
Thamar
 
Artemisia defeating the Rhodians

f. 90v
Artemisia defeating the Rhodians
Death of Virginia

f. 93v
Death of Virginia
Irene painting a picture

f. 96
Irene painting a picture
 
Irene painting a picture

f. 96
Irene painting a picture
Death of Olympias

f. 97
Death of Olympias
Claudia defending Appius Claudius

f. 98v
Claudia defending Appius Claudius
 
Virginia in the temple of Pudicitia

f. 99v
Virginia in the temple of Pudicitia
Flora

f. 101
Flora
Marcie with mirror and sculptor's tools

f. 104
Marcie with mirror and sculptor's tools
 
Marcie with mirror and sculptor's tools

f. 104
Marcie with mirror and sculptor's tools
Sulpicia swinging a censer

f. 105
Sulpicia swinging a censer
Death of Harmonia

f. 106
Death of Harmonia
 
Busa of Canusium

f. 107
Busa of Canusium
Sophonisba taking poison

f. 108v
Sophonisba taking poison
Theoxena fleeing in a ship

f. 110v
Theoxena fleeing in a ship
 
Berenice Pontica, queen of Cappadocia

f. 112v
Berenice Pontica, queen of Cappadocia
The queen of Orgiagon

f. 113v
The queen of Orgiagon
'Tierce Emilienne' (Aemilia)

f. 115v
'Tierce Emilienne' (Aemilia)
 
'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea

f. 116v
'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea
'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea

f. 116v
'Dripetrue' (Drypetina), queen of Laodicea
Sempronia

f. 117
Sempronia
 
Claudia Quinta

f. 118
Claudia Quinta
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea

f. 119
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea

f. 119
Mithridates VI and Hypsicratea
 
Sempronia

f. 121
Sempronia
Sempronia

f. 121
Sempronia
Death of Julia, daughter of Caesar

f. 124v
Death of Julia, daughter of Caesar
 
Porcia, daughter of Cato Uticensis

f. 125
Porcia, daughter of Cato Uticensis
'Curie' (Turia) hiding her husband Q. Lucretius

f. 126v
'Curie' (Turia) hiding her husband Q. Lucretius
Hortensia pleading with the Triumvirs

f. 127v
Hortensia pleading with the Triumvirs
 
Sulpicia leaving her friends

f. 128
Sulpicia leaving her friends
Cornificia with book on desk

f. 129
Cornificia with book on desk
Marianne, wife of Herod the Great

f. 129v
Marianne, wife of Herod the Great
 
Death of Cleopatra

f. 131v
Death of Cleopatra
Antonia, widow of Drusus

f. 135v
Antonia, widow of Drusus
Agrippina, widow of Germanicus

f. 136v
Agrippina, widow of Germanicus
 
Paulina in the temple of Isis

f. 137v
Paulina in the temple of Isis
Death of Agrippina

f. 139
Death of Agrippina
Torture of Epicharis

f. 141v
Torture of Epicharis
 
Torture of Epicharis

f. 141v
Torture of Epicharis
Seneca and his wife Pompeia

f. 143
Seneca and his wife Pompeia
'Sabic Pompee' (Poppaea Sabina)

f. 144v
'Sabic Pompee' (Poppaea Sabina)
 
Triaria, wife of L. Vitellius

f. 146v
Triaria, wife of L. Vitellius
Falconia

f. 147v
Falconia
'Semiamira' (Julia Soaemias)

f. 150v
'Semiamira' (Julia Soaemias)
 
Zanobia, queen of Palmyra

f. 152v
Zanobia, queen of Palmyra
Pope Joan

f. 156
Pope Joan
Irene being crowned Empress

f. 157
Irene being crowned Empress
 
'Enguborade' (Engeldruda)

f. 158v
'Enguborade' (Engeldruda)
Marriage of Constantia and  Henry VI

f. 160
Marriage of Constantia and Henry VI
Jeanne, queen of Jerusalem and Sicily

f. 165v
Jeanne, queen of Jerusalem and Sicily
 

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