Reynard the Fox and the Smithfield Decretals

Kenneth Varty

Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 26:3/4, 1963, 347-354

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"The Smithfield Decretals (British Museum, Royal MS. 10 E. iv) is a large volume of the glossed decretals of Gregory IX, written in Italy but illuminated in England in the first half of the fourteenth century, probably near the middle. The subject-matter of the illustrations is very varied and includes Bible history, saints' lives, romances, fables, allegories and scenes of everyday life, but one is struck by the frequent appearances of the fox whom one suspects on numerous occasions to be no other than Reynard of the Roman de Renart. The object of this essay is to describe, identify, group and comment on these fox illustrations in the Smithfield Decretals." - Varty

Language: English


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