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Detailed record for Additional 13961

Author Noel de Fribois
Title Abregé des Croniques de France from the Fall of Troy to the death of Louis de Mâle, Count of Flanders, in 1383 (ff. 2-71v); political and other treatises (ff. 72-95v)
Origin France (?Paris)
Date 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration A decorated initial in red, blue and gold with a monogram and partial rinceaux border (f. 2). An initial with rinceaux decoration in blue, red and gold (f. 3). Initials in alternating red and blue at the beginning of paragraphs. Line-fillers in red and blue. Rubrics and Latin text in red.
Dimensions in mm 225 x 160
Official foliation ff. 96 (ff. 1 and 96 are parchment flyleaves + 1 unfoliated parchment leaf following f. 95 + 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 4 at the end)
Collation i-xii8 (ff.1-96)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. BM/BL in-house; rebound in 1969.
Provenance Etienne Chevalier (b. c.1410, d. 1474), secretary to King Charles VII of France, and treasurer of France, written and painted for him: his monogram 'E C' in the initial 'C' at the beginning of the chronicle on f. 2.
?Jean II, count of Hornes, Belgium, from 1531: an ink-drawing of a bust of a woman with headdress, and an erased inscription 'C'est a Mons[ieur] le conte de Hornes', on an upper flyleaf (f. 1).
Philippe II de Montmorency-Nivelle (b. c. 1518, d. 1568), count of Hornes: his motto 'Tout a temps Montmorancy' on f. 1v.
Lines from Cato and Virgil written on a parchment endleaf (f. 96v), with the date of 1557.
Bought by the British Museum from H. Farrer, 10 March 1843.
Notes There are five successive versions of the text. This manuscript is one of 8 belonging to the 'A' family, considered the most complete version of the chronicle (Daly, Abregé des Croniques, 2006).
Following the chronicle are a series of short treatises, including 'De la dignité Roial' (On Royal prestige), 'Des bonnes meurs et condicions des François' (On the excellent ways of the French), 'De noblesse' (On nobility), 'De la proprieté des pierres precieuses, dont est faite mencion en l'Apocalypse' (On the properties of precious stones as described in the Apocalypse); 'De l'excellence, dignité, et prerogative du Roy' (On the prestige, rank and privileges of the King), 'Les dignitez et honneurs seculiers et ecclesiastiques' (the rights and privileges of the laity and the clergy) and a brief defence of the right of Charles VII to the crown of France, against the claims of Henry VI. of England (ff. 72r-95v)
Select bibliography The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), p. 107.

A. Vallet de Viriville, 'Noel de Fribois, chroniqueur inédit', Journal général de l'instruction publique, 25 (1856), pp. 196, 239-240.

Leopold Delisle, Le Cabinet des manuscrits de la Bibliotheque nationale [..], 3 vols (Paris: Imprimierie Nationale, 1868-1881), I, p. 72.

A Thomas, 'Comptes rendus: reg 829', Romania, 19 (1890), 604-05.

Alexandre Labat, 'L'Abregé des chroniques de France de Noel de Fribois' (unpublished PhD thesis, Paris: Ecole nationale des chartes, 1953).

Noel de Fribois, Abregé des croniques de France, ed. by Kathleen Daly and Gillette Labory, Société de l'histoire de France (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2006), pp. 61-62, ms A2.


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