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The Royal Image: Illustrations Of The Grandes Chroniques De France, 1274-1422
by Anne Dawson Hedeman
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The Grandes Chroniques de France is a vernacular, frequently illustrated history of the medieval French monarchs. Originally describing the lives of the kings from their origins in Troy in 1274 to the reign of Philip Augustus, it was updated in several stages to the life of Charles VI. Copied and amended for a variety of royal and courtly patrons, approximately 130 of these manuscripts exist today. Anne Hedeman provides the first critical and comprehensive study of the chronicle's illustrations.
Hedeman concentrates on the illustrations in twenty manuscripts, analyzing their artistic and cultural significance and offering new methods for studying illustrated manuscripts. She discusses the chronicle in relation to the political ideology of Louis IX, vernacular history, and the Latin chronicle tradition at Saint-Denis. Looking at the manuscripts of various periods, the author compares their representations of historical events, kingship, and individuals in and around the royal court. She also contrasts the styles of several authors and illustrators of the chronicle.
The Royal Image includes a catalogue of over seventy-five illustrated manuscripts, and an appendix listing the artists. An additional appendix lists surviving manuscripts.
From the Inside Flap
"A treasure trove of new and useful material, which will be invaluable to scholars working in medieval history."--Elizabeth Brown, City University of New York
From the Back Cover
"A treasure trove of new and useful material, which will be invaluable to scholars working in medieval history." (Elizabeth Brown, City University of New York)
About the Author
Anne D. Hedeman is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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