Folio 43rDetailed 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, 200 fols 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.

Scene depicted
Lady Reason discusses false judges and cites the example of Apius.

Miniature description
Column picture. 
Height: 11 lines.
Material and colors:
Pink, white, blue, red, green, black, gold leaf
Pen-flourished initial “N” (2 lines). Located below the miniature.  Initial is blue with red ink background detail.  Extenders from the top and bottom of the left side of the initial in red ink.
Gilded outer frame with thin white inner edging. 
Gilded foliate in spiral pattern on black background.
Placement of miniature: 
Miniature appears much further into Lovers discussion with Lady Reason. The image is placed right above the example of Apius amid Lady Reason’s discussion of false judges and the example of Apius. 
Place of production of miniature:
Paris, France.
Date of production of the miniature:
15th century. 
Similarities with other images from the corpus:
Lady Reason Matches gesture depicted in all three miniatures from BNF, Ms. Fr. 12595 as well as gestures in PML, Ms. M. 324, ÖNB, Codex 2592 BMC, Ms. 207, KBR, Ms. 4782  
Secondary sources:
Fleming, John V. The Roman de la Rose: a Study in Allegory and Iconography. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1969.
  • 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).

Detailed description
Lady Reason on the left
The Lover on the right
1. Lady Reason
  • Rose colored long robe gironnee with white tippets
  • White kirtle
  • Gold Crown on her head
2.  Lover
  • Blue houppeland trimmed with white.
  • Red chaperon
  • Black girdle
  • Red gipser
  • Red bombards
Lady Reason's index finger is elevated in a gesture of speech signifying her role as a teacher.
The Lover's finger is also raised, perhaps indicating his questioning of Lady Reason’s point.  


  1. On last flyleaf: Ce livre est au duc de Berry. Jehan
  2. Following the Roman, several ex-libris have been erased and are illegible.

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