Missal (Use of Beauvais)

Missalis Belvacensis


Canberra, The Australian National University Library

Remarks by the Editor

This description was composed by Otto Ege.

General Information

Title Missal (Missale Bellovacense)
Shelfmarks From the collection of Otto F. Ege
Material Vellum leaf from an illuminated medieval manuscript
Place of Origin France (Beauvais )
Date of Origin Late XIIIth century
Script, Hands

Latin Text; Transitional Gothic Script  


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    • Content Description

      This manuscript, a special gift to a church in the city of Beauvais, was written for Robert de Hangest, a canon, about 1285 A.D. At that time, Beauvais was one of the most important art centers in all Europe. The ornament in this leaf shows the first flowering of Gothic interest in nature. The formal hieratic treatment is here giving way to graceful naturalism. The ivy branch has put forth its first leaves in the history of ornament. The writing, likewise, is departing from its previous rigid character and displays an ornamental pliancy which harmonizes with the decorative initials.

Other available descriptions

  • Maggs Bros., European Miniatures and Illumination & Calligraphy also early writing from Egypt. Bulletin No. 11. London (November 1982)
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  • R. Faunce, "Cataloguing and making discoverable ANU Library's small collection of detached medieval manuscript leaves", The Australian National University, 2018.
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  • Catalogue de la collection formée par M. Didier Petit a Lyon (Paris: Dentu, 1843)
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