JEAN DE BAUDREUIL

Sommaire abrégé des ducs de Orléans-Longueville
In French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
France, likely Paris, c. 1525 (likely after 1524)
Frontispiece miniature by the Master of the Paris Entries (active c. 1490-1520s) and 32 painted heraldic shields

This is the illuminated dedication copy made for Louis II, the 5th Duke of Orléans-Longueville, when in 1524 he inherited the duchy (created in 1505) from his brother, Claude, who died in battle. Written by a hitherto unknown author from the famous Baudreuil family (and his only known work), the text, existing in four other copies, remains unedited, and the present manuscript is the only one that is illustrated. The text confirms the Duke’s rights to the duchy and other lands, and the prefatory allegorical miniature by the Master of the Paris Entries commemorates the transfer of the fiefdom of Châtelaillon amongst the lands of the Orléans-Longueville and refers to its alleged mythological origins, which are glorified.

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