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Detailed record for Additional 15229

Author Attributed to Pierre de Saint Cloud, Richard of Lison and others
Title Le Roman du Renart
Origin France or England
Date 14th century
Language French
Script Gothic
Decoration 13 miniatures in colours on gold grounds, with frames in blue, rose and gold (ff. 3, 6, 13, 19v, 33, 42, 53, 63, 68, 70v, 77v, 92v, 103). Framed initials in gold on blue and rose grounds (e.g., f. 53). Puzzle initials in blue and red at the beginning of chapters (e.g., f. 36v). Initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the other colour. Tall initials with decoration, some with faces, extending into the upper margins.
Dimensions in mm 290 x 210 mm (220 x 160) written in two columns
Official foliation ff. 124 (ff. 1 and 2 are paper flyleaves + 2 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown leather with gold tooling and marbled end-pages.
Provenance Jean Baptiste Hautin (1580-1640), French bibliophile: 'J.. B. Hautin' inscribed on f. 124v.
Benjamin Heywood Bright (b.1787, d. 1843), antiquary, his sale, Sotheby's, 18 June, 1844, lot 215: bought by the British Museum.
Notes The contents consist of 14 articles of the French verse romances, based on a vast collection of tales from Eastern sources, mostly collected and translated in Picardy or the Paris area in the 12th and 13th centuries.
According to Busby, Codex and Context (2002), this text belongs to the same tradition as Paris, BnF fr. 1580 and Oxford, Bodleian Douce MS 360 (part of the 'Alpha' family of manuscripts). It was probably the exemplar from which New York, Morgan Library, MS M.932 was copied.
Misbound: the first 18 folios are lacking, and 2 folios before f. 15 (see Ward, Catalogue of Romances (1893), p. 368 for details).
Page numbering in roman numerals and catchwords in the lower margins.
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), II, H. L. D. Ward (1893), pp. 368-96.

The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts, 1841-1845 (London: British Museum, 1850), p. 116.

Patricia M. Gathercole, "Illustrations of the "Roman de Renart": Manuscripts BN fr. 1581 and BN fr. 12584," Gesta 10.1 (1971), 39-44 (p. 44, n. 3).

Keith Busby, Codex and context : reading Old French verse narrative in manuscript (Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2002), pp. 234-35.

Martine Meuwese, 'The Secret History of the Fox and Hare in Trinity B.II.22', in Medieval manuscripts in transition: tradition and creative recycling, Papers presented at an international conference held in Brussels, Nov. 5-9, 2002, ed. by Geert H.M. Claassens and Werner Verbeke (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2006), pp. 179-95 (p. 181).

Luke Sunderland, Old French narrative cycles: heroism between ethics and morality (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2010), p. xi.

Le Roman de Renart: édité d'après le manuscrit O (f. fr. 12583), ed. by Aurélie Barre (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010), p. 737.

Le roman de Renart, ed. and translated by Jean Dufournet and others, 2 vols (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013-2015), I (Branches I-XI) ((2013), p. 82.

'Le Roman de Renart', at 'ARLIMA: Archives de littérature du Moyen-Âge', ed. by Laurent Brun (updated 2017), [https://arlima.net/no/4] [accessed 27.12.2018].


Images
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Summary of contents

f. 1
Summary of contents
Renard eats an eel

f. 3
Renard eats an eel
Renard at the lion's court

f. 6
Renard at the lion's court
 
Renard and Chanticleer

f. 13
Renard and Chanticleer
The bear, Lietard and the ox

f. 19v
The bear, Lietard and the ox
Renard and the crow

f. 33
Renard and the crow
 
Renard in the well

f. 42
Renard in the well
Renard and Tibert the cat

f. 53
Renard and Tibert the cat
Renard chased from the hen-house

f. 63
Renard chased from the hen-house
 
Renard and a figure in white robes

f. 68
Renard and a figure in white robes
Isengrin attacking chickens

f. 70v
Isengrin attacking chickens
A castle

f. 77v
A castle
 
Renart, Isengrin and King Lion

f. 92v
Renart, Isengrin and King Lion
Renard judged by the animals

f. 103
Renard judged by the animals

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