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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. 5-6).
Parchment, measure: 374x280mm, 160 fols at two columns, 41 lines. Beginning of second folio: Ens en le mileu vi Haïne. Bound in the coat of arms of Colbert. This manuscript contains the Roman de la rose (fols 1-139r), the Testament (fols 140r-153r) by Jean de Meun, the Sept articles de la foi (fols 154r-159v) by Jean Chapuis and the Codicille (159v-160r).
Lady Reason descends from her tower to instruct the Lover in the art of love.
Lady Reason 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).
Lady Reason on the left.
Lover on the right.
1. Lady Reason
Blue and white lined courtepy
Red and white parti-colored hose
The Lover's right hand is place over his heart signifying respect and devotion.
Pink crenelated tower with red turret and topped with red and gold finial extends from left. Portico entrance. Arched doorway extends from the tower. Rectangular window and 3 loopholes are visible on the left side of the tower. One arched widow on the front of the tower.
Grass ground placing the scene in the garden
- On a flyleaf: Le Romant de la Rose. Est a Jehan, filz de roy de France, duc de Berry et d'Auvergne, conte de Poitou, d'Estampes, de Bouloingne et d'Auvergne. Flamel.
- Fol. 160r: Ce livre est au duc de Berry. Jehan . The Duke of Berry had received it on July 7 (or June) 1403 from Martin Gouge, bishop of Chartres and the duke's treasurer. It was given to Guillaume Lurin on March 3, 1414. (Langlois, 5 n.1)
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