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Detailed record for Royal 16 F IX

Author Guido delle Colonne
Title Historia destructionis Troiae in a French translation
Origin France, N.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 34 miniatures in colours and gold with partial borders, at the beginning of books (ff. 1, 3, 4, 8v, 11v, 14v, 17v, 20, 24v, 25v, 28, 30, 32v, 39, 47, 48v, 50, 51v, 55, 58, 60v, 62v, 64, 66v, 71, 73, 76, 81, 85, 88, 92, 95v, 98v). Foliate initials in colours and gold at the beginning of books. Initials in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white and ivy extensions
Dimensions in mm 355 x 255 (260 x 175)
Official foliation ff. 101 (+ 4 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end; f. 101 is a medieval parchment flyleaf)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house.
Provenance Inscription listing the number of quires (12,5) and miniatures (35): 'en cest livre sont xii caiers et demy et xxxv histoirez', 15th century (f. 100v).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): to be identified with 'La destruction de Troye' in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 76; included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 14.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the Historia destructionis Troiae of Guido delle Colonne (c. 1287), in a French translation.
The rubric of the prologue states that the translation was commissioned by a 'maire' of Beauvais for Charles V of France in 1380 (f. 1).
Catchwords.
Select bibliography 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, 54.

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).

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. 206.

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.70.
Last revised: 18 September 2009


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Translator reading

f. 1
Translator reading
Voyage of Jason

f. 3
Voyage of Jason
Jason

f. 4
Jason
 
Gathering of heroes

f. 8v
Gathering of heroes
Return of Priam

f. 11v
Return of Priam
Antenor and Priam

f. 14v
Antenor and Priam
 
Priam sending Paris

f. 17v
Priam sending Paris
Soldiers attacking

f. 20
Soldiers attacking
Greek fleet

f. 24v
Greek fleet
 
Agamemnon

f. 25v
Agamemnon
Achilles, Calchas and Agamemnon

f. 28
Achilles, Calchas and Agamemnon
Spoils of Tenedos

f. 30
Spoils of Tenedos
 
Battle in Mysia

f. 32v
Battle in Mysia
Greeks and Trojans

f. 39
Greeks and Trojans
Achilles

f. 47
Achilles
 
Battle

f. 48v
Battle
Council of Priam

f. 50
Council of Priam
Greek envoys

f. 51v
Greek envoys
 
Hector and Achilles

f. 55
Hector and Achilles
Burial of Hector

f. 58
Burial of Hector
Battle

f. 60v
Battle
 
Achilles sending a messenger

f. 62v
Achilles sending a messenger
Greek army

f. 64
Greek army
Battle

f. 66v
Battle
 
Murder of Achilles

f. 71
Murder of Achilles
Priam

f. 73
Priam
Negotiations for peace

f. 76
Negotiations for peace
 
Theft of the Palladium

f. 81
Theft of the Palladium
Death of Polixena

f. 85
Death of Polixena
Murder of Agamemnon

f. 88v
Murder of Agamemnon
 
Death of Aegisthus

f. 92
Death of Aegisthus
Death of Philisthenes and Menelippus

f. 95v
Death of Philisthenes and Menelippus
Death of Telegonus

f. 98v
Death of Telegonus
 

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