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  • Shelfmark: O.4.26
  • Manuscript Title: Histoire De La Destruction de Thebes etc
  • Alternative Title:   History of the Destruction of Thebes etc
  • James Number: 1257  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xiv, xv.
  • Physical Description: Double columns of 33 lines. In a rather current hand, with fine ornaments.
  • Provenance: Written in France. On the margin of f.1 Roide Fluckden.
  • Donor: Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. 269. (F. 9.)
  • Size (cms): 34 x 26
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Middle French
  • Century: Multiple; 14th century; 15th century
  • Folio: 126 ff.
  • Collation:  1?8 (wants 1, 8) 28-48 58 (wants 1) 68 (wants 2) 78 (wants 2) 88-128 (wants 5-8) 138-178 (wants 1).
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  • f.1 1. Historie de la destruction de Thebes
    Begins imperfectly:
    et si vous diray en quele maniere.
    Ninus qui fu le premerain Roy des assiriens.
    Ends f.30b: qui fu uncle pelens.
    Ci fine historie de la destruction de Thebes.
    f.30b 2. Ci commence historie de la destruccion de troye la grant (Catchword, in red) de piezce
    The first leaf gone: begins on f.31.
    fu departi du tout Tant y fist de proestes.
    Ends f.118: En tele maniere que nul ny pourroit Rien adioindre qui pour verite deust estre tenu.
    Ci fine la vraye hystoyre de la destruction de troye la grant.
    In red, below:
    f.118 3. The Heroides of Ovid in French prose
    Cestre epistre enuoya philis a demophon son ami.
    Tu demophon je philis ta bonne hostesse.
    f.120 ? Briseis achilli, beginning gone
    f.120 Phaedra Hippolyto
    f.121b Oenone Paridi
    f.123b Ariadne theseo
    f.125 Cayrasse a m.. charo son frere
    f.126 Laodamia Prothesilao
    Ending imperfectly:
    Et se tu faiz ce que je te prie.
    The decoration of the book though imperfect is very good. The larger initials are of good ivy-leaf pattern and there are a certain number of paintings left, viz.:
    1. f.35b. Comment Jason ala conq're la toyson dor.
    Chequered ground: a ship in full sail filled with men: a red standard at the prow with a gold leopard's head.
    2. f.50a. Red ground with gold pattern: Achilles and Patroclus in gowns received by the priest of Apollo (in blue robe covered with gold A's): attendant in scarlet. The temple is a double stone niche containing two gold statues of men with shields, standing on a pink base.
    3. f.54a. The breadth of the page. Ground of dark blue foliage-work. The landing of the Greeks: they are in ships, with gangways thrown out to the land. On L. the gate of Troy. A great fight is going on.
    4. f.68a. Breadth of page. Chequered ground. A battle scene: a dead Centaur with bow and arrow (Le Roi Sentipus) lies in front.
    5. f.80b. Breadth of page. Pink ground with gold pattern. The death of Hector. He stoops from his horse towards a crowned man in plate armour who lies dead. Achilles on horseback pierces him in the back.
    6. f.93a. Breadth of page. Red ground with gold lines. In the temple of Apollo (a stone canopy on four pillars) Achilles and Antilochus defend themselves against a crowd of Trojans on R., several corpses lie in front of them. The image of Apollo is a gold warrior seated on a stool; he holds his shield up before his face.
    7. f.107b. Breadth of page. Death of Polyxena. Chequered ground. In C. on a large oblong pink stone platform. Polyxena in scarlet kneels facing R. Her neck is wounded. Pyrrhus in plate armour is about to strike again. At each end stands a group of warriors.

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