British Library, Harley MS 273
(Bestiare d'amour)


Produced: England, Late 13th - early 14th c
Location: British Library, London, England, UK
Type: Bestiary
Language: French
Folios: 217
Author: Richard de Fournival
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Vellum
Script: Gothic
Dimensions: Height: 22.3 cm Width: 14.2 cm
Folio 75v


Includes the Bestiare d'amour by Richard de Fournival on folia 70r-85v. The Bestiaire is illustrated with crude pen drawings.

"A calendar which precedes the other texts includes the dedication of the church of St. Lawrence, Ludlow (the largest parish church in Shropshire); the manuscript was undoubtedly made for use in the parish. It contains a variety of texts, all in French but not all religious--one concerns how a lord or lady show manage their estates, another gives rules for ensuring love and friendship -- which suggests that the book may have been owned by a wealthy layperson, rather than a cleric. A bestiary in French follows the psalter, illustrated with ink drawings." -[ British Library catalog]

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