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09 August 2012

Books of Beasts, Adventure, and Two from New Minster: New Royal Manuscripts Online

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Miniature of king Edgar presenting a charter (probably the New Minster Charter) to Christ in Majesty, watched by the Virgin and St Peter, from The New Minster Charter, England (Winchester, New Minster), c. 966, Cotton Vespasian A. viii, f. 2v

 

With abject apologies for the title above (which we couldn't resist), we are pleased to announce yet another upload of Royal manuscripts to the Digitised Manuscript site.  This is a more diverse group than last week's devotional manuscripts.  It includes a bestiary, an Isidore of Seville, a Roman de la Rose, the Tabula Cebetis, histories of Caesar and Alexander - and of course, as promised, two manuscripts from the New Minster of Winchester.  Many of these manuscripts have been highlighted previously on the blog; the relevant links are below.

 

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Miniature of the Seat of Virtue, with a personification of Virtue in a garden with Aeternitas, Gloria, Studius, and Mars, from Filippo Alberici's Tabula Cebetis, France (Paris), c. 1507, Arundel 317, f. 20v

Arundel 317        Filippo Alberici's Tabula Cebetis, France (Paris), c. 1507

Cotton Vespasian A. viii        The New Minster Charter, England (Winchester, New Minster), c. 966

Royal 6 C. i         Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae, England (St Augustine's, Canterbury), 4th quarter of the 11th century

Royal 12 C. xix    Bestiary with theological texts ('The Royal Bestiary'), central or northern England, c. 1200 - c. 1210    (for more details, please see the King of Beasts post on this manuscript)

 

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Detail of a miniature of an elephant with a dragon on its back, from the entry for dragon (Draco), from Bestiary with theological texts ('The Royal Bestiary'), central or northern England, c. 1200 - c. 1210, Royal 12 C. xix, f. 62r

 

Royal 15 E. vi      The Talbot Shrewsbury Book, France (Rouen), 1444-1445     (please also see our recent post on this manuscript here)

Royal 17 D. vi       Thomas Hoccleve, The Regement of Princes, and other poems, England, 2nd quarter of the 15th century

Royal 17 F. ii         La Grande histoire C√©sar (Les faits des Romains, with additional texts), Netherlands (Bruges), 1479

Royal 19 D. i         Roman d'Alexandre (Romance of Alexander) in prose, and other texts, France (Paris), 1333 - c. 1340

Royal 20 A. xvii    Roman de la Rose, (France, Artois or Picardy), c. 1340 - 1350

Stowe 944            The New Minster Liber Vitae, England (Winchester, New Minster), c. 1031      (for more details see this post on the New Minster Liber Vitae)

 

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Miniature of the birth of Caesar, with a full border including the royal arms of England, from La Grande histoire César (Les faits des Romains, with additional texts), Netherlands (Bruges), 1479, Royal 17 F. ii, f. 9r

 

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Detail of a miniature illustrating the song, 'La Bataille d'Annezin', about a pilgrim who made peace between battling Christians and Saracen, from Roman de la Rose, (France, Artois or Picardy), c. 1340 - 1350, Royal 20 A. xvii, f. 176v

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