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Detailed record for Royal 19 B XVI

Part 1 ff. 2-164v 
Author Durandus of Campania in an anonymous translation
Title Le Miroir des Dames
Origin France, N.
Date 1428
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large miniature in colours and gold, with a foliate initial in colours and gold and a full border, at the beginning of the text (f. 2). 1 puzzle initial in blue and red with black and red pen-flourishing, at the beginning of book 2 (f. 98v). Initials in red with black pen-flourishing, or in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 225 (210 x 150)
 
Part 2 f. 1v 
Author Durandus de Campania in an anonymous translation
Title Speculum dominarum (Le Miroir des Dames)
Origin England
Date c. 1485- c. 1509
Decoration Added full-page miniature in colours and gold of the royal arms of England of Henry VII.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 225
 
Official foliation ff. 164 (+ 3 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end, and 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf at the beginning and 2 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1968.
Provenance Written in 1428: colophon 'Ce livre est accompli et achive / le vendredi ixe jour de juil/let lan mil iiiic. xxviii. / deo gracias' (f. 164v).
Henry VII (b. 1457, d. 1509), king of England and lord of Ireland from 1485: added royal arms of England supported by a red dragon and white greyhound, with a hawthorn bush surmounted by a crown (f. 1v).
The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): included in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f. 11.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Contains the Speculum Dominarum of Durandus de Campania translated as Le Miroir des Dames, composed and translated for Jeanne de Navarre (b. c. 1271, d. 1305), wife of Philippe IV the Fair of France.
Catchwords and bifolium signatures (mostly trimmed); instructions for rubrics (e.g., ff. 103, 104).
Select bibliography 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. 330.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 911.

Kathleen Scott, ‘Caveat Lector: Ownership and Standardization in the Illustration of Fifteenth-Century English Manuscripts’, in English Manuscript Studies, 1, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths (London: British Library, 1989), 19-63 (p. 55 n. 16).

Janet Backhouse, 'Illuminated Manuscripts Associated with Henry VII and Members of his Immediate Family', in The Reign of Henry VII: Proceedings of the 1993 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. by Benjamin Thompson (Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1995), pp. 175-87 (p. 180, pl. 51).

Virginia K. Henderson, 'Retrieving the 'Crown in the Hawthorn Bush': The Origins of the Badges of Henry VII', in Traditions and Transformations in Late Medieval England, ed. by Douglas Biggs, Sharon D. Michalove and A. Compton Reeves (Leiden: Brill, 2002), pp. 237-59 (pp. 253-54, 258 n. 69, fig. 9).

Kathleen L. Scott, Tradition and Innovation in Later Medieval English Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2007), pp. 33-35, 166, n. 265.

Kathleen L. Scott, 'Manuscripts for Henry VII, his Household and Family', in The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. by Stella Panayotova (London: Harvey Miller, 2007), pp. 279-86 (p. 280, n. 10).

Scot McKendrick, John Lowdem, and Kathleen Doyle, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (London: British Library, 2011), no. 68 [exhibition catalogue].

Joanna Fronska, 'The Royal Image and Diplomacy: Henry VII’s Book of Astrology (British Library, Arundel 66)', Electronic British Library Journal (2013) [forthcoming].
Last revised: 09 May 2011


Images

Part  1   ff. 2-164v
Durandus of Campania in an anonymous translation Le Miroir des Dames
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Jeanne de Navarre

f. 2
Jeanne de Navarre
Jeanne de Navarre

f. 2
Jeanne de Navarre
Puzzle initial

f. 98v
Puzzle initial
 
Colophon

f. 164v
Colophon

Part  2   f. 1v
Durandus de Campania in an anonymous translation Speculum dominarum (Le Miroir des Dames)
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Arms of Henry VII

f. 1v
Arms of Henry VII

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