MS. 12 Illustrations : I. Boethius De consolatione philosophiae : Liber ii

30) f. 15. 1st metre. A female Rethorique stands holding a scroll.

31) f. 15 b. A man with two sacks by him sows a ploughed field.

Il nest pas a sa volente / Quil ait du ble tousdiz plante.

32) f. 16. Musique with blank scroll.

Apres le parler rethorique / Chante dame damoisselle musique.

33) Euripus represented as a stream with a green bank sticking up in the middle.

34) 2nd prose. Philosophy? a crowned queen on throne with sceptre and blank scroll.

35) f. 17. Cyrus throned on L. Croesus nude crowned creeps into a burning oven on R., hail falls from clouds above.

36) Croesus sleeps by a stream, behind is a tree with his crowned head on it, rain falling and sun shining on it. This dream was interpreted by his daughter to signify his death by hanging.

37) Croesus and queen on L., daughter points to a gallows on a hill on R.

38) f. 17 b. The king of Persia seated on L. Croesus nude crowned hangs on gallows on R.

39) A king (of Persia) in a caldron with fire below. Paulus(?) stands on L. A man with bellows and another pouring oil on the king’s head.

40) A man, woman and lad with joined hands dancing? two blow trumpets.

Que menestrieux chantent de geste.

41) f. 107 (misplaced). A rich building (Jove’s palace). In it two casks (of joy and sorrow): a man fills a flagon at one, another drinks from a bowl.

42) f. 107 b3rd prose. Boece married : he joins hands with his bride: two people on each side.

43) f. 18. Boece declaiming : on each side one of his sons. In front a crowd including a king, listening.

44) f. 18 b. 4th prose. Symmachus, Boece’s father-in-law: asingle figure.

45) f. 19. Boece’s wife, a single figure, weeping.

46) His two sons.

Here intervenes an extract from Ps.-Boethius de disciplina scolarium about a youth who was fickle as to his choice of a profession. It is illustrated by the next eight pictures:

47) f. 20. Boys taught by a man with a birch rod.

48) A man in a ship on the sea.

49) A husbandman with mattock.

50) f. 20 b. A crowd of men in plate armour fighting.

51) A lawyer in green gown and red cap, two men in hoods before him.

52) A young man addressing a young woman.

53) f. 21. An astrologer with armillary sphere.

54) A donkey.

55) f. 22. 4th metre. A turreted building surrounded by water.

56) f. 22 b. 5th prose. Two men, one with bowl of money, kneel before a chest behind which is Fortune crowned and winged.

57) A crowd of men disputing.

58) A row of precious stones.

59) f. 23. Land with water, and a meadow.

60) Sun, moon and star in cloud over fruitful trees and water.

61) f. 23 b. A man in tunic with elaborate vandyked sleeves.

62) A throned man cross-legged with sword surrounded by admirers.

63) f. 24. A man sits on the ground talking to a lady.

64) f. 24 b. A man with staff walks singing by a wood in which two thieves hide: another with purse walks with hand raised.

65) 5th metre. A nude man and woman by a stream under a tree. (The first age of the world.)

66) f. 25. Avolcano. Etna.

67) 6th prose. Expulsion of kings from Rome (like the pictures on f. 10 a).

68) f. 25 b. A man tied to a column and scourged by two men.

69) f. 26. ‘Buricede’ (Busiris) horned kneeling to an idol and offering a man’s head. Heracles in armour kills him.

70), 71) Regulus crowned conferring with the Romans.

72) f. 26 b. Regulus crowned in a vessel: he is stuck full of nails. Carthaginians around.

73) f. 27. 6th metre. Rome burning, Nero sits on a hill, in imperial crown, and looks at it.

74) Nero throned on R. Two men blindfold kneel on L. about to be beheaded.

75) f. 27 b. Nero throned with blank scroll. In fronta man in a coffin with a dagger in his body; a man opening the dead body of Agrippina.

76) 7th prose. Diagram of the spheres with earth, air, fire and water in the centre.

77) f. 28. A feast: four people at table eating a corpse whose head is in a dish.

78) A son stabbing his father who is over 60.

79) f. 29. A philosopher abused by a tyrant (two men conversing).

80) Two angels in clouds receive a soul in a cloth: the body below in a coffin.

81) 7th metre. A man seated in the midst of the sphere (contemplating its vastness).

82) f. 29 b. Death batwinged with bow and spear (?) on a horse.

83) Fabricius with blank scroll: two men kneel and offer him money.

84) Fabricius and three ambassadors?

85) f. 30. Pyrrhus throned: 3 ambassadors. He points to the sun. It would be easier to turn the sun back than to pervert Fabricius.

86) Tarquin leads away Lucretia: crowd behind.

87) Brutus expels Tarquin from Rome.

88) Above, men fighting : below Brutus looks at his son being beheaded.

89) f. 30 b. Chaton (Cato) reading at desk.

90) Seneca. Lucilius with open book.

91) A tomb with 3 bodies in it: inscription above, Cy gist brutus fabrice et chaton / Que lamort tient en sa prison.

92) f. 31 b. Ballad. King Love throned: three arrows in each hand. A man and woman kneel to him.

93) f. 32. Full-page. Coment lez iii rois vindrent aorer en bethleem ihesu crist. Cloud and star above. The figures below under rich arcading. Virgin and Child on L. None of the kings is black.

94) f. 32 b. Under canopies. S. Michael in alb with spear pierces devil.

95) Marie madileine with casket and book.

96) f. 33. S. Denis in chasuble and alb holds his mitred head.

97) S. Auoye holds book and tower. This is really S. Barbara.

98) f. 33 b. S. pol, sword and book. / S. pierre, key and book.

99) f. 34. S. iaque, hat, staff, scrip with scallop, and book.

100) S. iehan, small beard, palm, cup and dragon.

101) f. 34 b. Under three arches, the Resurrection. Christ in centre, an Angel kneels to Him on each side. At the back on R. the three Maries. In front three soldiers sleep.

102) f. 35. 1st metre. A man mowing.

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