Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 203 (U.1.7)
Images: [ MS Hunter 203 fol. 15r ] [ MS Hunter 203 fol. 266r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Guillaume de Nangis, Chronique Abrégé.
Chroniques de Saint-Denys (1286-1453).
On 1, 1 recto a name has been carefully erased.
On 1, 3 verso in XVII. Cent. hands: A Monsigneur Nicolas Fourmocourt A Monsigneur Estiegne Collinet.
On 1, 6 verso: aultre prologus? | Ludovicus.
On 11, 8 verso a boldly pencilled scribble in a XVI. Cent. hand partly erased.
Besides the portraits (?) which embellish the stemmata of the Royal Houses of France in the second quire, and are usually painted in the upper half of circles on backgrounds alternately of blue and red, there are four large pictures:
1. On 2, 1 recto [fol. 7r], within a richly floreated margin, is a bevel-topped picture, 6 3/8 x 6 7/8, representing a warrior in silver mail, with a sword in his right hand and holding a scroll in his left inscribed: paris et france (?)... who issues from a portcullised gateway at the head of a band of similarly armed men, among whom is seen a lady with a tall double coif, just within the gateway and watching them depart. Green parroquets stand on each side of the gateway, swans swim right and left in a silver stream which surrounds a walled town (Paris) with a bridge, on the left, full of an issuing crowd of monks and laymen. The walls of the houses are whitewashed, the roofs are red-tiled, and the city walls are grey with blue towers.
In the lower margin is a heraldic blazon wholly defaced. The same arms (in every instance defaced) occur on 3, 1 recto (with similar parroquets in the margin), 22, 1. (in the outside and bottom margins), and 31, 1. These arms have set off on the preceding page. They have also set off on 23, 12 recto. They appear to have been the following: Quarterly: 1. 4. chief (gules), paly of six (gules and or); 2. 3. (azure) with orle (gules) fleur-de-lisé (or). In every case a larger shield with lions (?) was super-imposed (as can be seen from its, partial, 'set off' on 21, 8 verso) along with a crosier (or).
2. On 3, 1 recto [fol. 15r], within a richly floreated border, is a picture, 6 x 6¼, of Edward III. doing homage to Philip for Guyenne. The French king is seated on a throne with his feet on a cushion footstool, and is dressed in a blue fleur-de-lisé doublet over a red high-collared tunic, claret-coloured hose with a golden garter on his left leg. King Edward, in a reddish, gold-embroidered doublet over a dark blue tunic, and hose with a golden garter on his left leg, kneels on a red cushion on his right knee, his hat (Louis XI. style) with encircling crown on the ground. Men-at-arms (in silver) fill the background. An official in blue tunic, yellow hose and black brimless hat introduces Edward, who is followed by a numerous retinue. The act takes place in a silver-roofed, blue-ceilinged, grey-walled pavilion with monkish figures (?of Isaiah and Ezekiel) in long conical caps on pilasters on each side of the doorway, holding scrolls inscribed respectively: Yzais quia ueniet (?) Hesequiel uero uenit (?). What appears to be a monogram (AL) is written on the wall. The arms in the lower margin are defaced. Green birds like those on 2, 1. occur in the margin.
3. On 21, 1 recto [fol. 165r], within a less elaborate border, is a bevel-topped picture, 7 7/8 x 6½, representing Charles VI., with crown and sceptre, seated on an orange-coloured cushion in a high-backed armed throne hung with purple and gold damask. He has long-toed black boots, purple and gold hose, and a blue doublet fleur-de-lisé with gold. A court jester, in red and blue with cap and bells, hides behind the throne, while a poodle barks at him from beneath it. Silver-mailed men-at-arms stand behind on the left, on which side enter to the King three civilians, the first, in a red brimless hat like a fez, with a purple and gold damask smock over a high-collared tunic, brown hose and black boots, and pointing to those following, carries a long blue bag over his right shoulder. The next figure, in a black hat, is gowned in blue, and carries a purple bag; the third, in a purple hat, is dressed in black.
4. On 31, 1 recto [fol. 266r], within a floreated border, is a similarly shaped picture in a square black and gold frame, 6 3/4 x 6 3/8, representing the coronation of Charles VI.(?) by two mitred bishops. The King kneels on a grey damask cushion with corner tassels of red and blue, in a blue fleur-de-lisé tunic, reddish hose, and black boots. Four gowned officials, like those in the last picture, stand in pairs behind the bishops. Above is a Heavenly Glory. In the upper corners are green dragons. The same arms (defaced) recur in the bottom margin. The verso of this folio has floreated margins.
[Formerly S.1.9; S.1.9]
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 13 7/8 x 9 7/8, ff. 320, originally (probably) ff. 342, in single cols. of 41 lines, each 9½ x 6½, ruled and margined violet, catchwords, signatures, no foliation (probably cropped), floreated pages, pictures of kings, gilt illuminated and coloured (red and blue) initials, initials touched with gamboge, rubrics, paragraph marks alternately blue and red, upright strokes of top lines frequently exaggerated and touched with gamboge, few marginalia, much cropped, otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. Des articles. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered brown (faded crimson) grained Russia, gilt-tooled edges and sides (the same binding as in U.1.8 and U.1.10), saffron edges, recently re-backed, title (gilt) on (XVIII. Cent.) black and green morocco shields: CHRONIQUE | DES ROYS | DE FRANCE | MS. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 144.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: French
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Sold as Lot 70 (in 'Manuscrits orientales' section) in the sale of the library of David Mallet in London, 10 March 1766. Purchased by William Hunter for £3.16.0 according to the British Library copy of the Mallet sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 6 (4); provenance confirmed in N. R. Ker 'William Hunter as a collector of medieval manuscripts' ([Glasgow]: University of Glasgow Press, [1983]), p. 14.
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 56; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 144-145.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Guillaume de Nangis
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
provenance: David Mallet c 1701-1765
Poet. Born in Scotland and named David Malloch but anglicised his name after moving to England. Contemporary and friend of Alexander Pope. Under-secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1742-1748. …
subject: Charles VI King of France
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