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Verse Life of St. Margaret From a Picardy Book of Hours [manuscript] 1325 (ca.).

Manuscript/Archive; Online
University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA
In French
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The life, from Picardy, perhaps Amiens, consists of 16 leaves containing text in single columns of 14 lines written in a gothic book hand. Calligraphic capitals touched with yellow begin each line. Line endings are in colors and burnished gold, frequently with small animals, plants or geometric designs. Nine leaves contain two-line initials in gold and colors with marginal bar extenders terminating in ivy leaves.
Remains of sewing from previous binding are present.
Recto of the first leaf has a large historiated "A" containing a miniature of St. Margaret emerging from the dragon and clutching the cross which forced the dragon to disgorge her. Small repairs to the top and bottom of the first leaf with parts of two ivy stems neatly renewed. Repairs do no affect text or initial, but may indicate where depictions of symbolic animals were excised.
Crayon ruled.
Text, in Old French rhyming couplets, contains portions of the legend of the martyred St. Margaret of Antioch as follows, gives her to Christian nurse to raise, she tends sheep, messenger comes from Roman governor Olybrius who wishes to marry her (3 leaves) 2) Margaret rejects envoy of Olybrus who sends for her, questions her, and plots to torture her (3 leaves) 3) Margaret is tortured, pitied by the crowd, and meets the devil in form of a dragon (3 leaves) 4) Devil boasts to Margaret, she prays and counters his boasts, she suffers and is carried to Paradise by angels (3 leaves).
In addition to Margaret's legend the final leaves contain the fall of Adam and Eve, the betrayal of Christ by Judas, and Christ before Pilate (2 leaves), and prayers invoking Christ (2 leaves).
17 leaves. : ink on vellum; ca. 16 x 12cm.
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Verse Life of St. Margaret from a Picardy Book of Hours, ca. 1325, Accession #12455, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Robert & Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2002/2003.
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MSS 12455