Medieval manuscripts blog

02 March 2012

Keep Your Royal Suggestions Coming!

C13597-61 Royal 12 B. vi f. 1

Miniature of the horoscope diagram for the day in which the world was created, including a world map within an astrological chart and personifications of winds, surrounded by 12 triangles with symbolic scenes representing aspects of life associated with the twelve astrological houses, from William Parron's Liber de Optimo fato Henrici Eboraci ducis et optimorum ipsius parentum, England (London), c. 1502-1503

Many thanks to everyone who has written in with their thoughts on Royal manuscripts to digitise; we have received a number of excellent ideas.  Some suggestions include the Royal and Rochester bestiaries (Royal 12 C. xix and Royal 12 F. xiii, respectively), the Queen Mary Apocalypse (Royal 19 B. xv), a 13th century Psalter from Oxford (Royal 1 D. x), William Parron's Liber de Optimo fato Henrici Eboraci ducis et optimorum ipsius parentum (Royal 12 B. vi; see above for a miniature), the Peter of Langtoft manuscript (Royal 20 A. ii), the Secretum Secretorum (Additional 47680), and the Alexander manuscript La vraie ystoire dou bon roi Alixandre, with other romances (Royal 19 D. i; see below for another miniature), among others.

As we mentioned before, the manuscripts must be in our current exhibition Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination.  The list of manuscripts we have already selected for inclusion can be found here; please do continue to send along your ideas!  We can be reached in the comments to this post or the previous one (here), or by email at [email protected].

K90052-19 Royal 19 D. i f. 37v

Miniature of Alexander being lowered into the sea in a cask (a submarine), from Historia de proeliis, translated in French as La vraie ystoire dou bon roi Alixandre, and other romances, France (Paris), c. 1340


- Sarah J Biggs



The British Library's online illuminated manuscripts is an amazing resource for all medieval and early-modern historians. Thanks so much for making these manuscripts available to armchair historians!

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