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Detailed record for Royal 16 G II

Title Renaut de Montauban (or Les Quatre Fils Aimon)
Origin France, N. (Rouen?)
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Artists Talbot Master
Decoration 1 large (f. 1) and 4 one-column miniatures in colours and gold, with partial ivy borders and foliate initials in colours and gold, at the beginning of major text divisions (ff. 8, 22, 33, 40v); 3 with the instructions to illuminators in the lower margin (ff. 22, 33, 40). Initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 385 x 280 (255 x 170), in one and two columns
Official foliation ff. 183 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end, and 2 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaves at the beginning)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal library parchment binding.
Provenance Inscribed 'Les IIII filz Aymont', 15th century (f. i).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): Included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 75; and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 11v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Illuminated by the Talbot Master, an artist active in Rouen, named after two manuscripts produced for John Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury: Royal 15 E VI, a collection of romances presented to Margaret of Anjou in honour of her marriage to Henry VI in 1445; and Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, 40.1950, the 'John Talbot Book of Hours'.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures.
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. 9).

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, p. 619.

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. 207.

Jacques Thomas, 'Les mises en prose de Renaut de Montauban: classement sommaire et sources', in Fin du moyen âge et Renaissance: Mélanges offert à Robert Guiete (Anvers 1961), pp. 127-37 (pp. 128, 129, n. 3, 130, 131, 2, 133, n. 5, 136-37).

Leslie L. Wiliams, 'A Rouen Book of Hours of the Sarum Use, c. 1444, Belonging to Thomas, Lord Hoo, Chancellor of Normandy and France', Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 75 (1975), 189-212 (p. 191, n. 5).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.69.


Images
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Regnet salying Bertoullet

f. 1
Regnet salying Bertoullet
Charlemagne receiving a letter

f. 8
Charlemagne receiving a letter
Sons robbing travellers

f. 22
Sons robbing travellers
 
Charlemagne

f. 33
Charlemagne
Charlemagne and his barons

f. 40v
Charlemagne and his barons

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