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Title: [Ordo ad consecrandum et coronandum regem et reginam Franciae]
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Alternative Title: Ordo of Sens
Last Capetian ordo
Coronation book
Sacre et couronnement
Publisher: [France,
Date: ca. 1326-1330]
Physical Description: 23 leaves : parchment, ill. ; 263 x 161 (167 x 106) mm. bound to 269 x 182 mm.
Language: lat
Notes: Title and date from Jackson.
Ms. codex.
Collation: Parchment, fol. ii (modern paper) + 23 (foliated 1-23) + ii (modern paper) ; 1[superscript 8] (-4, fols. 1, 2, 7, and 8) 2[superscript 8] (-1, fol. 1) 3[superscript 8] 4[superscript 4].
Layout: Written in 16 long lines; frame-ruled.
Script: Written in large, red and black gothic script.
Decoration, primary: 22 historiated illuminated initials: fol. 1r, king places his sword on the altar; fol. 1v, kneeling bareheaded king watches archbishop place chrism on the altar; fol. 2r, bareheaded king kneels, archbishop and clergy declaim the litany (3 lines); fol. 4r, bust of king; fol. 7v, kneeling king in red robe sees a dove bring chrism to the archbishop; fol. 8r, archbishop anoints head of kneeling king in red; fol. 10v, men escort king in fleur-de-lis robe toward archbishop; archbishop gives ring to kneeling king in fleur-de-lis robe; fol. 11r, kneeling king accepts scepter from seated archbishop; fol. 12r, kneeling king holding scepter accepts main de justice from seated archbishop; fol. 13r, coronation of king by archbishop; fol. 17r, archbishop kisses enthroned king; fol. 17v, archbishop at altar says mass; fol. 18v, king receives host; fol. 20v, queen with loose hair in rose robe supported by bishops; archbishop anoints queen on the head; fol. 21r, queen receives scepter and rod from archbishop; fol. 21v, queen receives ring from archbishop; bust of queen; fol. 22r, coronation of the queen; matrons and barons surround queen enthroned holding scepter and rod; fol. 23r, bust of queen.
Decoration, secondary: 9 illuminated coats of arms: fol. 8r, arms of Jeanne d'Evreux; fol. 10r, arms of a woman of the house of Evreux; fol. 13v, arms of Jeanne d'Evreux; fol. 14r, arms of a woman of the house of Evreux; fol. 16r, arms of Jeanne d'Evreux; fol. 18v, arms of Jeanne d'Evreux; arms of a woman of the house of Evreux (1 line); fol. 20r, arms of Jeanne d'Evreux; arms of a woman of the house of Evreux.
Decoration, tertiary: Decorated illuminated initials throughout.
Decoration, quaternary: Pen-flourished initials throughout; inhabited colored pen drawing on fol. 2r.
Decoration, quinary: Line-fillers: red, blue, and gold stylized geometric and foliate patterns.
Music: Contains staff notation (4 line) on fol. 8r.
Binding: 20th cent. Half red leather and cloth with blind-tooled flowers on spine; hand-marbled, red and white endpapers; cloth headbands. The whole is housed in a matching four-flap sling and slipcase.
Provenance: 1. Possibly owned by a member of the house of Laval or of the house of Evreux during the latter half of the 14th century. -- 2. A stamped leather label, once on the inside of the front cover of a 19th-century binding (now lost) suggests former ownership by the cathedral at Reims: "Fragment d'un manuscript servant au sacre des rois pris lors du pillage de la cathedrale de Rheims"; see Bober, p. 2, and n. 3, and Hedeman, p. 17, and n. 20. -- 3. Bookplate (now lost) of John Eliot Hodgkin; sold by Sotheby's, May 1914 (item no. 371 of sale catalog; bought by Ellis). -- 4. Bookplate (now lost) of Wilfred Merton; sold by Breslauer, 1958? (catalog 90, item no. 19, with plates of fol. 3r and 3 initials). -- 5. Purchased from H. P. Kraus, 29 May 1959 (catalog 88, item no. 23, with a plate of fol. 10v).
Origin: Likely commissioned by a female relative of Jeanne d'Evreux to commemorate the coronations of Charles IV, King of France (in 1322) and Jeanne d'Evreux (in 1326); see Hedeman, p. 16-18. The ms. was produced in France between 1326 and ca. 1330 and contains the text of the first complete, usable French ordines incorporating directions for applying the ordo; see Jackson, p. 367-370. The present codex lacks up to ten folios at the beginning and, thus, the text begins in mid-sentence. Corrections and additions in a contemporary hand are present on fols. 5r, 16v, and 17v.
Former shelfmark: Merton Library at Crawford Cottage, Richmond Hill, Surrey, Ms. 10.
Byname: Last Capetian ordo; Ordo of Sens; Sacre et couronnement; Coronation book.
References: 1. Bober, Harry. "The Coronation Book of Charles IV and Jeanne D'Evreux." Rare Books: Notes on the History of Old Books and Manuscripts, v. 8, no. 3 (1958), p. 1-12.
2. Manuscripts and Printed Books from the Eighth to the Present Century: From the Library of the Late Wilfred Merton, F.S.A, and Other Distinguished Collections. Martin Breslauer catalog 90, item no. 19, plates 10-11.
3. Fifty Mediaeval and Renaissance Manuscripts. H. P. Kraus catalog 88, item no. 23.
4. Hedeman, Anne D. "The Commemoration of Jeanne d'Evreux's Coronation in the Ordo ad consecrandum at the University of Illinois." Essays in Medieval Studies, v. 7 (1990), p. 13-28.
5. Jackson, Richard A. Ordines coronationis franciae: Texts and Ordines for the Coronation of Frankish and French Kings and Queens in the Middles Ages. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995-2000, p. 367-418.
Contributor: Charles 1322-1328.
Jeanne d'Evreux, d. 1371.
Hodgkin, John Eliot, former owner.
Merton, Wilfred, former owner.
Subject: Coronations -- History -- 14th century
Monarchy -- History -- 14th century
Rites and ceremonies, Medieval
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Illumination of books and manuscripts, French -- 14th century.