Selected illustrations of military interest from
La chanson de Bertrand du Guesclin by Jean Cuvelier
Paris, France, c. 1380-1392

British Library MS Yates Thompson 35

16r Surprise at Forgeray

51r Taking of Pestien

62r Siege of Melun

71r Battle of Coquerel

80v Taking of Valonges

90v Du Guesclin during the Battle of Auray

246r Capture of Don Pedro

Yates Thompson 35
Author: Jean Cuvelier
Title: La chanson de Bertrand du Guesclin
Origin: France, Central (Paris)
Date: between c. 1380 and 1392
Language: French
Script: Gothic cursive
Artists: Several hands, one (ff. 1, 90v, 129, 136, 250) related to the second painter of the Pèlerinage, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 823 (Pierre Remiet or Jean de Nizières?)
Decoration: 14 large miniatures in grisaille and semi-grisaille (on coloured grounds), accompanied by large decorated initials and full foliate borders, in gold, red and blue
Dimensions in mm: 310 x 225 (200 x 120)
Provenance: ? Pierre de Craon (b. 1345, d. 1409), chancellor of Louis, duke of Anjou, probably made before 1392, when Craon's goods were confiscated: Craon's family arms supported by two doves (ff. 8, 51, 129).
Inscription of the title of the manuscript, 15th century(?): 'La vie de Bertrand du Guesclin (...) comte de Longueville et connestable (f. 1, nearly erased).
Source: British Library.

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