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Detailed manuscript information (based on Ernest Langlois, Les manuscrits du Roman de la rose. Description et classement. Geneva: Slatkine Reprints, 1974, p. 48-49):
Parchment, measure: 325x231mm, 200fols numbered by a rubricator, at two columns, 37 lines. Beginning of second folio: D'un aiguillier mignot et gent. Binding with Napoleon's coat of arms. The Roman appears on fols 1-157r, followed by the Testament on fols 158r-167v. Fol. 168 is left blank followed by the Sept articles de la foi on fols 169r-200r and the Codicille on fol. 200r-v.
Lady Reason is typically thought of as a queen, represented with a crown and standing by or descending from her tower, a symbol of her exalted station and a reminder that she descends to aid man. Sometimes wears the scarf of 14thcentury Gothic Virgins (Fleming 113).
Reason shares the iconographical attributes of Lady Philosophy, kinship with Divine Sapience, or the Second Person of the Trinity in both Guillaume and Jean (Fleming 114).
- Rose colored long robe gironnee with white tippets
- White kirtle
- Gold crown on her head
Blue houppeland trimmed with white
- On last flyleaf: Ce livre est au duc de Berry. Jehan.
- Following the Roman, several ex-libris have been erased and are illegible.
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