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Historiated Initial With The Heraldic Crest Of Margaret Plantagenet (?), In James Nicholas of Denmark's Poems

Historiated Initial With The Heraldic Crest Of Margaret Plantagenet (?), In James Nicholas of Denmark's Poems

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius A XIV

Item number: f.27r

Length: 24.5

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript contains a set of poems by James Nicholas of Denmark (he flourished c.1360-73) written in 1363 in honour of Aymer of Valence, Earl of Pembroke (d.1324), whose widow Marie was Nicholas's patron, and founder of Pembroke College, Cambridge. On a flyleaf it has a late medieval ownership inscription (partly erased) of the College. The start of the poem commemorating the Aymer de Valence is illustrated with a heraldic crest: a silver eagle (now oxidised to black) with a coronet, standing on a tree-stump with roots. This is apparently the crest of Margaret Plantagenet, daughter of Edward III, who in 1359 married one of Aymer's successors as Earl of Pembroke.

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