King and Court
The manuscripts featured here offer varied windows into a past when royal power and aristocratic taste shaped many manuscripts. We see kings and courtiers in the books they read. We see their power and accomplishments in law books and legal documents, in chronicles and genealogies. And, of course, we can see kings and their courts in the pages of manuscripts, painted in all their finery.
Unfurling long scrolls of golden crowns, you will discover the illustrious ancestors of medieval kings. Turning the pages of medieval Books of Hours, you will find biblical rulers whose wise or wicked actions served as inspiration or warning. Kings and courts long departed find new life in the pages of these books.