M.730, The Morgan Library & Museum

Holding institution title: Psalter and book of hours of Catherine de Courtenay

Holding institution classification: Psalter-Hours

Holding institution location: New York, NY

URL: https://www.themorgan.org/manuscript/128493

URL2: N/A

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1221- 1325

Language(s): Latin, French

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Country of production: France

City or region of production: Arras

Illumination contents: Feasting, Aquarius, Warming before the fire, Pisces, Pruning vines, Aries, Holding flowering branches, Taurus, Falconing, Gemini, Mowing, Cancer, Reaping, Leo, Threshing, Virgo, Gathering grapes, Libra, Sowing, Scorpio, Gathering acorns, Sagittarius, Slaughtering a pig, Capricorn, Computation Table of Golden Numbers, Computation Table of Fixed Feasts, First Day of Creation, Second Day of Creation, Second Day of Creation, Third Day of Creation, Fourth Day of Creation, Creation of Eve, God resting, Adam and Eve commanded by God, Fall of Man, God reproving Adam and Eve, Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Adam and Eve clothed by God, Adam and Eve laboring, Birth of Cain, Birth of Abel, Cain and Abel bringing offerings, Cain killing Abel, Cain cursed, Lamech shooting Cain, Cain fleeing, Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Presentation in the Temple, Dream of the Magi, Magi before Herod the Great, Journey of the Magi, Adoration of the Magi, Herod ordering the Massacre of the Innocents, Massacre of the Innocents, Flight into Egypt, Fall of Idols, Christ Among the Doctors, Miracle at Cana, Entry into Jerusalem, Christ washing the apostles’ feet, Last Supper, Christ’s feet anointed by woman, Priests conspiring against Christ, Judas receiving silver, Temptation of Judas, Betrayal of Christ, Arrest of Christ, Judas hanged and disemboweled, Pilate washing his hands, Christ before Caiaphas, Mocking of Christ, Flagellation of Christ, Christ carrying the Cross, Crucifixion, Descent from the Cross, Entombment of Christ, Three Women at the Tomb, Harrowing of Hell, Noli me tangere, Christ on the Road to Emmaus, Ascension of Christ, Pentecost, Death of the Virgin, Assumption of the Virgin, Coronation of the Virgin, Tree of Jesse, Owner portraits of Charles of Valois and family kneeling in prayer before vision of Virgin Mary and Christ Child in mandorla, Samuel addressing sons of Jesse, David anointed by Samuel, David slaying lion, David slinging at Goliath, David beheading Goliath, David bringing head of Goliath to Saul, Glorification of David, David anointed Captain, Michal given to David in marriage and David playing before Saul in initial B, Saul hurling javelin at David, Messengers from Saul and David let down from window, David with Ahimelech at Nob, Doeg accusing Ahimelech, Slaying of Alimelech and David battling against Philistines in initial D, David pursued by Saul, Saul returning to meet Philistines, Saul within the cave and David cutting Saul’s Robe, David displaying Saul’s Robe, David swearing an oath to Saul, David sending servants to Nabal, Nabal greeting David’s servants and David’s servants returning from Nabal in initial D, David pacified by Abigail, Confession of Abigail, death of Nabal, Claiming of Abigail, Saul’s spear taken and Saul’s spear returned in initial D, Death of Saul, David told of Saul’s death, David journeying to Hebron, David proclaimed king and Ishbosheth made king in initial S, Battle between kingdoms of Saul and David, Death of Ishbosheth, Head of Ishbosheth brought to David, David proclaimed king, Battle against Zion and Hiram’s messengers building David a house in initial E, Ark of the Covenant pulled by four oxen, Procession before the Ark of the Covenant, David observing Bathsheba, David and Bathsheba in bed with David sending Uriah to Joab and Marriage of David and Bathsheba in initial E, David receiving Absalom, Absalom offering a sacrifice, Flight from Absalom, Absalom with David’s concubines, David passing over the Jordan, David dividing troops, Battle against Absalom, Death of Joab, Absalom cast into the pit, David brought back to Jerusalem, David cherished by Abishag, Adonijah usurping kingdom, Adonijah at a banquet, David petitioned by Bathsheba, David sending for Solomon, Solomon riding the Mule of David, David’s charge to Solomon and Adonijah in the tabernacle in initial D, Shrouded body with incense and mourners in initial P, Trinity enthroned in initial D, Owner portrait of Catherine of Courteny kneeling before the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in initial D

Text contents: Calendar, Computation Tables, Phases of the Moon with dates, Golden Numbers, Fixed Feasts, French descriptions of miniatures, Psalter, Canticles, Athanasian Creed, Litany, Office of the Dead, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Hours of the Virgin

Hours intercalated?:

Personalization: Executed for Ghuiluys de Boisleux and her husband Jean de Neuville-Vitasse (married in 1246, arms vert a fess gules impaled with “Bourgogne ancien” and a shield or a fret and canton gules); descended through the Neuvilles to the Courtenays, emperors of Constantinople; Empress Catherine de Courtenay (wife 1300-1308 of Charles de Valois, portraits of her and her family on fol. 17v and 214 by a Lombard artist). An owner portrait of Catherine de Courtenay appears on f. 214r kneeling before the Virgin Mary and Christ Child.

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Patron: Ghuiluys de Boisleux and her husband Jean de Neuville-Vitasse

Materials: Vellum

Binding original?: No

Binding description: English 19th-century red morocco gilt by Charles Lewis

Folio height (in centimeters): 19.7

Folio width (in centimeters): 14.7

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