Deluxe Manuscripts of French Texts Produced in Naples

In the late thirteenth century, the focus of the royal court and associated aristocracy made Naples a center of manuscript production and illumination, especially of vernacular romance. Beginning with Charles I of Anjou, who brought a copy of the Roman de Godefroi de Bouillon and ordered two other romances to be copied, this production continued under the Angevins, reaching its peak in the 1350s and 1360s under the rule of Joanna I of Naples. Although there is no evidence that the Neapolitans exported these productions, twenty-four manuscripts survive from this period, forming the largest extant group of Italian medieval illuminated manuscripts. These manuscripts and their contents are listed below chronologically.

 


Vatican City, Vatican Library, MS. Vat. Lat. 5895

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Fr. 9685

Carpentràs, Bibliothèque Inguimbertine, MS. 1260

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Fr. 760

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Fr. 16998

Florence, Biblioteca Mediceo Laurenziana Ashburnham, 123

Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, Nouv. Acq. Fr. 9603

Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, MS. Hamilton 49, Roman de Lancelot
Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, Fr. 354

Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, MS. Fr. XI (254)

Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, MS. Fr. IX (227)

Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS. 446-E (Williams MS. 532)

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Fr. 1463

London, British Library, MS. Harley 4389

Tours, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS. 953

Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, MS. Fr. XXIII (234)

Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Ms. 444-D (Williams Ms. 530)

Vatican City, Vatican Library, MS. Reg. Lat. 1501

Modena, Biblioteca Estense, MS. a T.3.11

Paris, Biblioth
èque Nationale,
Fr. 295

London, British Library, Royal MS 20 D I

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Fr. 1386

Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, MS. Fr. XV (228)