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Ms. Codex 658 - Milet, Jacques, approximately 1425-1466 - La destruction de Troye ... [etc.]
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Author:
Milet, Jacques, approximately 1425-1466.
Title:
La destruction de Troye ... [etc.] [manuscript].
Istoire de la destruction de Troye la grant
Origin:
[France, after 1450]
Physical description:
487 leaves : paper ; 297 x 207 (215 x 140) mm. bound to 310 x 213 mm.
Language(s):
Middle French.
Summary:
Collection of 3 separate works: Les lamentacions Saint Bernard [misattributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux] (f. 1r-8v); La destruction de Troye by Jacques de Milet [in verse] (f. 9r-449r); and Le mystère de la Passion de Notre Sauveur Jesus Christ, translated from Latin in 1398 for Isabel of Bavaria, queen of France (f. 449v-487r).
Provenance:
Formerly owned by Robert Churchill (inscription, flyleaf i recto).
Appears in Maggs Bros. catalog 816 (1954), no. 151.
Related names:
Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint, 1090 or 91-1153, attributed name.
Churchill, Robert, former owner.
Subject:
Jesus Christ Passion Drama Early works to 1800.
French poetry - To 1500.
Mysteries and miracle-plays, French.
Religious drama, French.
Troy (Extinct city) - Legends - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Mystery plays.
Plays (document genre)
Manuscripts, French - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title for first work from heading (f. 1r).
Incipit: Cy comance Les lamentacions Saint Bernard.
Title and attribution for second work from rubric following prologue: Cy aupres se sensuit la destruction de Troye translatee de latin en francoys mise par personnaiges par Maistre Jacques Millet estudiant en loys à Orleans l'an mil cccc et l" (f. 13v).
Title for third work from f. 449v; incipit: [A] la louenge Dieu de la Vierge souveraine de tous sains et de toutes sainctes et a la request de tres excellante et redoubte dame et puissant princesse dame Ysabel de Baviere reyne de France j'ai translate ceste Passion ... l'an de grace mil troys cens quatre vingtz et dishuit ... (f. 450r).
Date of composition of third work is 1398. La destruction de Troye, the second work, was composed 1450-1453, with the date of 1450 given at the end of the prologue (f. 13v).
Foliation: Paper, i (modern paper) + 487 + i (modern paper); [1-487]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 34 long lines; ruled in drypoint.
Script: Written in a Gothic cursive script by a single hand.
Decoration: Red used for some initials, with occasional decorations of faces and flourishes; capitals touched with yellow.
Binding: Modern half leather over original boards, both covers detached.
Origin: Written in France after 1450 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Spine title: Bernard of Clairvaux.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 56 (Ms. French 12).
For Millet manuscripts see Marc-René Jung, "La mise-en-scène de l'Istoire de la destruction de Troie la Grant par personnages de Jacques Milet" in Atti del IV Colloquio della Société internationale pour l'étude du théâtre médiévale (Viterbo, 1983); for printed editions, see Graham Runnalls, Les mystères français imprimés (Paris: Honoré Champion, 1999), p. 126-131
For Le Mystère de la passion, see G. Frank, Mediaeval French Drama (Oxford, 1954), pp. 184-186 and E. Roy, Mystère de la Passion en France du XIVe au XVIe siècle (Paris, 1903), pp. 252 ff., with list of mss. This text, written in 1398 for Isabelle of Bavaria, was the model for later mysteries, including the Passion of Greban.
Other Titles:
Mystère de la passion de Notre Sauveur Jesus Christ.
Lamentacions Saint Bernard.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 658.
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 658

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: No
Notated: No
Language: French, Middle (ca. 1300-1600)
Century: 15th century
Date: 1450
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, French - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Mystery plays
Genre: Plays (document genre)
Subject: French poetry
Subject: Jesus Christ
Subject: Mysteries and miracle-plays, French
Subject: Passion
Subject: Religious drama, French
Geography: Troy (Extinct city)
Author: Milet, Jacques, approximately 1425-1466
Related names: Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint, 1090 or 91-1153, attributed name
Related names: Churchill, Robert, former owner
Page material: Paper