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Coronation of a prince (possibly Charles the Bald) between two clergymen.

Coronation of a prince (possibly Charles the Bald) between two clergymen.

The Manuscripts Department’s western and eastern collections include a large number of manuscripts with miniatures. By virtue of their great variety and iconographic interest, these images make up a veritable visual encyclopedia of their time. The major topics covered are history, Christianity (illustrated historical Bibles), Saint Augustine, and literature represented by the Romance of the Round Table.

Important artists include Guiard des Moulins, Jean Colombe, artist at the court of Queen Charlotte of Savoie, the Master Alderman, active among the Rouen bourgeoisie in the third quarter of the 15th century, and Evrard d’Espinques, illuminator of Jacques d’Armagnac, Duke of Nemours.





The Arsenal Library (Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal) holds more than a thousand illuminated manuscripts, most of which are in Latin or French, arising from the Marquis of Paulmy’s collections and revolutionary confiscations. For example, it has fine liturgical painted manuscripts as well as a large number of 15th century chivalric novels. Also among its most famous manuscripts are those from the library of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Evangelistary of Saint Aure (9th century), and the Psalter of Saint Louis (13th century).

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<p>Calendrier de la cour, 1782, reliure brodée </p>
Histoire du livre : fonds spécifiques
Fonds spécifiques en histoire du livre conservés à la Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal

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