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11 May 2012

The Chosen Royals

K90030-59 Royal 1 D. x f. 1vDetail of miniatures from the prefatory cycle of the Nativity: in the upper register,  the Virgin suckling the Christ Child and Joseph adjusting her pillow, and in the lower register, the Annunciation to the Shepherds, from a Psalter, England (Oxford), 1st quarter of the 13th century, before 1220, Royal 1 D. x, f. 1v

We would like to thank everyone who answered our call for ideas about which Royal manuscripts should be included in our upcoming digitisation programme, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  A group of manuscripts was initially selected by our project group (see the list here), but as you'll recall, we asked you to supplement this with other manuscripts featured in our recent exhibition Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination.  We are happy to announce that the following nine manuscripts have been chosen, based on your suggestions:

Royal 1 D. x

Psalter, England (Oxford), 1st quarter of the 13th century, before 1220

Royal 6 C. i

Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae, England, last quarter of the 11th century

Royal 12 C. xix

Bestiary, with various theological tracts, England, 1st quarter of the 13th century

Royal 12 F. xiii

The Rochester Bestiary & Lapidary, England (possibly Rochester), 2nd quarter of the 13th century

Royal 15 D. ii

The Welles Apocalypse, England, 1st quarter of the 14th century

Royal 19 B. xv

The Queen Mary Apocalypse, England (London, or East Anglia), 1st quarter of the 14th century

Royal 19 D. i

La vraie ystoire dou bon roi Alixandre, and other romances, France (Paris), c. 1340, after 1333

Royal 19 E. v

Romuléon, Netherlands (Bruges), 1480

Royal 20 B. xx

Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre, France (Paris), c. 1420

Digitisation is currently in progress for the project, and we plan to begin loading the finished manuscripts onto the Digitised Manuscripts site shortly.  We will announce all of the uploads on the blog, so keep watching this space!

K90052-34 Royal 15 D. ii f. 117vFull-page miniature of Christ enthroned with 24 Elders and, in the lower register, the door opened in Heaven, illustrating Revelation 4:2-9, from the Welles Apocalypse, England, 1st quarter of the 14th century, Royal 15 D. ii, f. 117v

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