Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 324: Le Miroir des dames
Miroir des Dames
French, Middle (ca. 1400-1600)
ff. 2 + 298
234 Height (mm) and 161 Width (mm)
[ca. 1300 - 1399]
From the Library of Charles V of France.
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Le Miroir des dames
CCCC MS 324 contains a luxurious fourteenth-century copy of Le Miroir des dames, a translation into French of the Speculum dominarum, a didactic text written for Jeanne de Navarre (d. 1305), wife of Philip IV of France, by her confessor, Durand de Champagne OFM. The manuscript is described as bearing the sign manual of Charles V of France (1338-80), and in 1411 the catalogue of the French royal library recorded this manuscript as still being in the collection at the Louvre palace, where it is described as 'de bonne lettre de forme' in a linen cover with two gold clasps. It contains a miniature of the presentation of the book to Jeanne by her confessor, and many illuminated borders and initials.