Works, BL Harley MS 4431

Some images and initial letters taken from British Library Harley Manuscript 4431, which contains the works of Christine de Pizan (1365 – 1431?).

Christine de Pizan Her Web Site

[picture: folio 4/recto, illumination, woman writing]

folio 4/recto, illumination, woman writing

A woman is writing in a book; perhaps she is a scribe, or a nun in a monastery. She is wearing mediaeval [medieval]-style blue dress and a white headdress. She is seated at a table with a small open box; there are wall-hangings and a leaded diamond-paned window. At [...] [more...]

[picture: calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter ``A'']

calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter “A”

A richly decorated capital letter “A” from an illuminated manuscript made in 1414. It is coloured in red and blue, with black outlines and gold leaf. [...] [more...]

[picture: calligraphy: mediaeval pen-letter ``A'']

calligraphy: mediaeval pen-letter “A”

A red letter “C” made with a calligraphy pen in the early fifteenth century. The roughness of the edges is partly from the texture of the writing surface, but it gives an “antique” look to the [...] [more...]

[picture: calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter ``H'']

calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter “H”

A richly decorated capital letter “H” from an illuminated manuscript made in 1414. It is coloured in red and blue, with black outlines and gold leaf. It is [...] [more...]

[picture: calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter ``P'']

calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter “P”

A richly decorated capital letter “P” from an illuminated manuscript made in 1414. It is coloured in red and blue, with black outlines and gold leaf. It is from the verso (back side) of folio 4 of the book. The colours are highly [...] [more...]

[picture: calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter ``Q'']

calligraphy: mediaeval decorative letter “Q”

A richly decorated capital letter “Q” from an illuminated manuscript made in 1414. It is coloured in red and blue, with black outlines and gold leaf. It is [...] [more...]



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