Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8481
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Stanton , Anne Rudloff.
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  • Title: Isabelle of France and Her Manuscripts, 1308-58 [The manuscripts range in time across the queen's career. Some appear to have been used as readings for her children, while others were psalters and books of hours for Isabelle's private devotions. Women feature prominently in the illuminations, and political issues, such as Edward's shortcomings as a king, apparently are also a preoccupation. Title note supplied by Feminae. ].
  • Source: Capetian Women.  Edited by Kathleen Nolan.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.  Pages 225 - 252.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Advice for Princes, Literary Genre Art History- Painting Education Isabelle of France, Wife of Edward II, King of England Libraries, Medieval Manuscripts- Ownership of Patronage, Artistic Psalters, Liturgical Books Queens
  • Geographic Area: British Isles;France
  • Century: 14
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; 1) Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, cod. Gall. 16: the Isabelle Psalter (ca. 1303-1308)2) Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France, Ms. Fr. 13096: the Isabelle Apocalypse (1314)3) London, British Library, Ms. Royal 2B.vii: the Queen Mary Psalter (ca. 1
  • Illustrations: Seven Figures. Figure one Manuscript illumination of the marriage of David and Bathsheba, Isabelle Psalter (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, cod. Gall. 16, fol. 75 ). Figure Two Manuscript illumination of the torments of the damned, Isabelle Apocalypse (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Ms. Fr. 13096, fol. 86v). Figure Three Manuscript illuminations of David instructed by God (above) and the plague (below), Queen Mary Psalter (London, British Library, Ms. Royal 2B.vii, fol. 62v). Figure Four Manuscript illuminations of the Adoration of the Magi with the tale of the weasel in the margin, Queen Mary Psalter (London, British Library Ms. Royal 2B vii, fol. 112v). Figure Five Manuscript illumination of Edward III and Isabelle, Treatise of Walter of Milemete (Oxford, Christ Church College Library, MS 92, fol. 4v). Figure Six Manuscript illuminations of Creation and figures in the margins identified as Edward III and Philippa of Hainaut, Brunette Latini and miscellaneous texts ( Paris, Bibliothèqe national de France, MS Fr. 571, fol. 6). Figure Seven Manuscript illuminations of Isabelle and an unidentified man (above) and the Creation of animals (below), Taymouth Hours (London, British Library MS Yates Thompson 13, fol. 18).
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  • Abstract: This essay examines Isabelle of France as a patron and collector by discussing the books connected with her ownership or influence, especially the few that are identified with extant manuscripts. [(c) Kathleen Nolan. Reprinted with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.]
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Missouri, Columbia
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0312294484
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