The burial of King John, from a collection of Romances in French verse

Description

King John’s body was taken to Worcester Cathedral for burial, in accordance with his wishes. This later medieval image shows the funeral procession, with two men bearing the coffin on their shoulders to the city’s gate. The coffin is draped with an orange-red cloth, and the cathedral, towards which the pall-bearers are making their way, is the building with the brown roof standing before the tower. The anonymous author of the accompanying poem, written in Anglo-Norman French, described the occasion in garbled form, mistaking the place where John was buried: ‘a Wincestre esteit porte / a grant honur ensepelee’ (he was borne to Winchester, and was buried with great honour). The poem itself makes no direct reference to Magna Carta, stating simply ‘En temps le roi ont grant guere / Par entre les barons d’Engleterre’ (In the time of this king there was a great war with the barons of England).

Full title:
ROMANCES in French verse, viz. 1. Brutus : an abridgement of the verse chronicle of Maistre Wace, with a continuation to the opening of the Hundred Years' War [1338]
Created:
1300-99
Format:
Manuscript / Illustration
Held by:
British Library
Shelfmark:
Egerton MS 3028

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