Thursday, June 27, 2013

What a Beautiful Manuscript!


Oh, yeah, it's got some nice heraldry in it, too.

The British Library has placed on-line a manuscript, dated 1444-1445, "A collection of fifteen romances, chivalric treatises, instructional texts, chronicles and statutes compiled as a gift to Margaret of Anjou, on her betrothal to Henry VI, from the 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, who escorted her to England."  Each section has a description at the top of the window that opens when you hover your cursor over it that describes the portion of the work you are seeing.

It's got some wonderful artwork in it, as you can see from this example below.


I haven't had the time to go completely through it yet (that will take some time!), but it is well worth the look if you are at all interested in either 15th Century manuscripts, or 15th Century heraldry, or both.

The bound manuscript's images can be found on-line at http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=royal_ms_15_e_vi_f003r#

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