Initial 'I'(nitium) with interlace decoration and display script in gold, framed by a 'Winchester style' foliate border with two medalliions with saints holding books (Evangelists?) at the beginning of Mark, England (Christ Church, Canterbury), c. 1020,  Royal 1..."> Books of History, War and Mystery: More Royal Manuscripts Go Online - Medieval manuscripts blog
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27 June 2012

Books of History, War and Mystery: More Royal Manuscripts Go Online

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<span style="font-size: 8pt;" _mce_style="font-size: 8pt;">Initial 'I'(nitium) with interlace decoration and display script in gold, framed by a 'Winchester style' foliate border with two medalliions with saints holding books (Evangelists?) at the beginning of Mark, England (Christ Church, Canterbury), c. 1020,&nbsp; <a href="http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?index=0&amp;ref=Royal_MS_1_d_ix" _mce_href="http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?index=0&amp;ref=Royal_MS_1_d_ix" target="_blank" title="Royal MS 1 D. ix">Royal 1 D. ix</a><em>&nbsp;</em>, f. 45r</span>

We have been pleased to hear from so many scholars and manuscript aficionados regarding our Royal digitisation project, and our work to make these treasures available online continues apace.  We've finished another upload to the British Library's Digitised Manuscripts site, with a (we hope) charmingly diverse group of Royals.  These manuscripts range in date from c. 1020 to c. 1517, and include an early English Gospel book, a number of works on Greek and Roman history, a treatise on how to be a prince, a humanistic masterpiece, and the intriguingly arcane Hieroglyphica

The manuscripts are as follows:

Royal 1 C. vii        The Rochester Bible, England (Rochester), second quarter of the 12th century

Royal 1 D. ix         The Cnut Gospels, England (Christ Church, Canterbury), c. 1020 (please see an earlier post on this manuscript here)                     

Royal 12 C. iii        Filippo Alberici, Hieroglyphica and Emblematic Inscriptions, France (Paris), c. 1507

 

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<span style="font-size: 8pt;" _mce_style="font-size: 8pt;">Full-page miniature of various emblems, including a sword, a crown, a wheel, and a serpent, from Filippo Alberici's Hierogyphica and Emblematic Inscriptions, France (Paris), c. 1507, <a href="http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_12_c_iii" _mce_href="http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_12_c_iii" target="_blank" title="Royal MS 12 C. iii">Royal 12 C. iii</a>, f. 22r</span>

 

Royal 12 C. viii      Pandolfo Collenuccio, Apologues, Italy (Rome and Florence), c. 1509 - c. 1517

Royal 15 D. i         Bible Historiale, part 4 (Bible Historiale of Edward IV), Netherlands (Bruges), 1470 and c. 1479

Royal 16 G. viii      Bellum Gallicum (Les Commentaires de Cesar), France (Lille) and Netherlands (Bruges), 1473 - 1476

Royal 17 D. vi        Thomas Hoccleve, The Regement of Princes, England, second quarter of the 15th century

Royal 18 D. ii        John Lydgate, Troy Book and Siege of Thebes, England (London?), c. 1457 - 1460

Royal 19 C. iv       Le Songe du Vergier, France (Paris), 1378

 

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<span style="font-size: 8pt;" _mce_style="font-size: 8pt;">Frontispiece with a full border in colours and gold, an historiated initial with a portrait of Pandolfo Collenuccio, and the arms of Henry VIII, from Pandolfo Collenuccio's Apologues, Italy (Rome and Florence), c. 1509 - c. 1517, <a href="http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?index=0&amp;ref=Royal_MS_12_c_viii" _mce_href="http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?index=0&amp;ref=Royal_MS_12_c_viii" target="_blank" title="Royal MS 12 C. viii">Royal 12 C. viii</a>, f. 4r</span>

 

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