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Detailed record for Royal 20 C I

Title Les faits des Romains
Origin France, N.
Date 1st quarter of the 15th century
Language French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 3 large miniature in colours, gold, and silver with full or partial borders (f. 1, 117, 247v). 23 one-column miniatures in colours, gold, and/or silver (ff. 24v, 42, 65v, 97v, 107v, 130v, 141, 150v, 167, 181, 191v, 207v, 225, 258, 271v, 274v, 280, 286v, 287, 287v, 288v, 292, 293). Foliate initials in colours and gold with ivy extensions or partial borders, at the beginning of books. Initials and paraphs in gold on blue and rose grounds with penwork decoration in white, initials with ivy extensions.
Dimensions in mm 385 x 290 (245 x 170)
Official foliation ff. 295 (+ 1 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaf attached to a modern paper flyleaf at the beginning and at the end, 2 unfoliated modern paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 unfoliated medieval parchment flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Royal Library parchment binding. Gilt edges.
Provenance The Old Royal Library (the English Royal Library): perhaps included in the list of books at Richmond Palace of 1535, no. 4 (but according to Carley the entry 'Lucan Suetone corresponds to a printed edition of 1490); and in the catalogue of 1666, Royal Appendix 71, f, 13v.
Presented to the British Museum by George II in 1757 as part of the Old Royal Library.
Notes Catchwords and bifolium signatures; Instructions for rubrics in the lower margins, mostly trimmed.
Select bibliography H. Omont, 'Les manuscrits français des rois d'Angleterre au château de Richmond', in Etudes romanes dédiés à Gaston Paris (Paris: É. Bouillon, 1891), pp. 1-13 (p. 5).

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, pp. 370-71.

Louis-Fernand Flutre, Les Manuscrits des Faits des Romains (Paris: Hachette, 1932), pp. 44-45.

Robert L. Wyss, Dei Caesarteppiche und ihr ikonographiches Verhältnis zur Illustration der 'Faits des Romains' im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert (Bern: K. J. Wyss, 1957), p. 69.

McKendrick, Scot, ‘La Grande Histoire Cesar and the Manuscripts of Edward IV’, in English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 2, ed. by Peter Beal and Jeremy Griffiths, (London: British Library, 1990), pp. 109-38, 109-38 (p. 114).

The Libraries of King Henry VIII, ed. by J. P. Carley, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues, 7 (London: The British Library, 2000), H1.4.


Images
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Caesar

f. 1
Caesar
Caesar receiving a letter

f. 24v
Caesar receiving a letter
Gauls attacking

f. 42
Gauls attacking
 
Death of Indutiomarius

f. 65v
Death of Indutiomarius
Attack on a Roman tent

f. 97v
Attack on a Roman tent
Cadorix assisting Caesar's escape

f. 107v
Cadorix assisting Caesar's escape
 
Caesar's vision of Rome

f. 117
Caesar's vision of Rome
Pompeius' dream of Julia

f. 130v
Pompeius' dream of Julia
Battle of Ilerda

f. 141
Battle of Ilerda
 
Pompeius

f. 150
Pompeius
Pompeius in council

f. 150v
Pompeius in council
Dream of Pompeius

f. 167
Dream of Pompeius
 
Pompeius being met by his wife

f. 181
Pompeius being met by his wife
Embarkation of Pompeians

f. 191v
Embarkation of Pompeians
Caesar entering Alexendria

f. 207v
Caesar entering Alexendria
 
Caesar entering Alexandria

f. 207v
Caesar entering Alexandria
Battle with Juba

f. 225
Battle with Juba
Octavius

f. 247v
Octavius
 
Tiberius

f. 258
Tiberius
Caligula crowning Herod Agrippa

f. 271v
Caligula crowning Herod Agrippa
Claudius and Herod

f. 274v
Claudius and Herod
 
Nero and Seneca

f. 280
Nero and Seneca
Death of Galba

f. 286v
Death of Galba
Death of Otho

f. 287
Death of Otho
 
Capture of Vitellius

f. 287v
Capture of Vitellius
Josephus offering books to Vespasian

f. 288v
Josephus offering books to Vespasian
Titus giving gifts

f. 292
Titus giving gifts
 
Domitian

f. 293
Domitian

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