Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 4944
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  • Title: Fables for the Court: Illustrations of Marie de France's "Fables" in Paris BN, MS Arsenal 3142 [the manuscript was dedicated to Marie of Brabant, wife of King Philippe of France, and reflects the roles of reading and manuscripts at the French Court].
  • Source: Women and the Book: Assessing the Visual Evidence.  Edited by Lesley Smith and Jane H.M. Taylor.  British Library and University of Toronto Press, 1997.  Pages 190 - 203.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Courts- Literary Activity Illumination of Manuscripts Literature- Verse Manuscripts Marie de France, Poet- Fables Marie of Brabant , Queen-Consort of Philippe III, King of France Patronage, Literary Queens Readers Women in Art
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles;France
  • Century: 12-13
  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; Paris, Bibliotque nationale, MS Arsenal 3142. Probably made around 1300 in Paris for Marie of Brabant.
  • Illustrations:
  • Table: Six figures, five of which come from the Arsenal manuscript. Figure Eighty-Five, from the Metz Pontifical, illustrates a marginal scene of animals that is much more active than those in the Arsenal manuscript. Figures Eighty-Six and Eighty-Seven are portraits of Marie de France, one in which she is writing and the other in which she is reading. Figure Eighty-Eight is a portrait of Marie of Brabant with her sister-in-law and her brother. At the foot of Marie's bed is the court poet Adenet le Roi.
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0802042163