Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 19555
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bennett , Adelaide.
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  • Title: A Book Designed for a Noblewoman: An Illustrated "Manuel des Péchés" of the Thirteenth Century [The author analyzes a manuscript made for the noble woman Joan Tateshal of Lincolnshire. The devotional and didactic texts include a manual on confession with sixty exempla underlining the moral points (see Appendix I for a listing of the exempla). Joan Tateshal is represented twice in the manuscript, not in the typical pose praying before an altar but standing in a more commanding position. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medieval Book Production: Assessing the Evidence.  Edited by Linda L. Brownrigg.  Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford July 1988. Anderson-Lovelace, 1990.  Pages 163 - 181.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Devotional Literature Exempla, Literary Genre Illumination of Manuscripts Joan Tateshal, Wife of Baron Robert Tateshal the Fifth Manuel des Peches, Anglo-Norman Penitential Treatise Manuscripts- Ownership of Noble Women Patronage, Li
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 13
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; Princeton, Princeton University Library, Taylor Collection, Medieval Manuscript I. It is a confessional and devotional miscellany made for a noble woman in the late thirteenth century. It has five texts in Anglo-Norman:"Manuel des péchés""Roman des romans
  • Illustrations: Thirteen figures. Figure One Diagram of the four wheels of contradictions (Princeton, Princeton University Library, Taylor Collection, Medieval Manuscript I). Figure Two Four lateral tree schema of the Seven Virtues, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Seven Vices of Corrupt Nature, and the Seven Vices of the Will. Figure Three Pen-flourished initial introducing a section (Taylor I, fol. 172v). Figure Four A "champide" initial, more elaborately ornamented (Taylor I, fol. 151). Figure Five Initial portraying an elegantly dressed lady standing next to a bishop. They are both holding an unfurled scroll (Taylor I, fol. 173). Figure Six Illustration for an exemplum with Lazarus in the Bosom of Abraham and below Dives in the Hell Mouth (Taylor I, fol. 59). Figure Seven Page with exemplum text. In bottom margin a bishop kneels (Taylor I, fol. 29). Figure Eight Drawing of a monk lying in bed with a dragon's head in his mouth. Illustrates an exemplum about pride (Taylor I, fol. 39). Figure Nine Four devils burn a fashionably dressed lady. Another illustration for pride (Taylor I, fol. 40). Figure Ten Christ from the cross embraces a knight who has shown mercy to his enemies. An illustration for an exemplum on charity (Taylor I, fol. 44). Figure Eleven Miracle of transubstantiation with the Christ Child sacrificing his blood (Taylor I, fol. 77v.). Figure Twelve The priest gives the Christ Child's bloody flesh to the unbelieving old man (Taylor I, fol. 78). Figure Thirteen (Color Plate E in book) Initial for the "Manuel de péches" shows a woman standing in elegant dress. The small figure beside her is a seated cleric holding a pen and knife.
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0962637203
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