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Regia Carmina dedicated to King Robert of Anjou

Convenevole from Prato (between 1270 and 1275 - Prato , 1338 ) was a writer , notary , ambassador and educator.
Notary, master of the disciplines of the trivium ( grammar , rhetoric and dialectic), was a teacher of Francesco Petrarch and his brother Gherardo, instructing both in the grammar and rhetoric as their father, the notary ser Petracco of Porec intended to make both of them lawyers. Petrarch remained under the Convenevole guide until 1316, when, again at the behest of his father, he was sent with his brother to study law in Montpellier.
There is no definite information on the master's birth date, but, as he tells us Petrarch, in the year of death had to have an advanced age. He was a great teacher but a restless nature and upset, unaccustomed to practical life, according to Petrarch. The literary work of Convenevole often consisted of poems started and never finished. It seems, however, that some finished works attributed to the master exist: a collection of liturgical verses, about 3700, entitled Regia Carmina, and dedicated to King Robert of Anjou. In the book of Carmina Regia, the author does not sign his own name, but simply write " Professor pratensis ", which has also created a discussion on the actual authorship. When Convenevole died in 1338, the people of Prato wanted Petrarca to write an the epigraph for him, but he refused, since the master never forgave him the lost book of Cicero , entitled De Gloria.
Cherubs from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6
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Florence from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 13

Detail of a miniature of the personification of Florence as a woman with arms folded across her chest. Image taken from f. 13 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tu... more

Prudence and Justice from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 21

Miniature of personifications of Prudence, as a young woman, and Justice, as an armed man bearing a shield inscribed with the word 'Lex'. Image taken from f. 21 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of N... more

The Three Graces from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 24v

Detail of a miniature of the Three Graces. Image taken from f. 24v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Gardens from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Two miniatures of gardens or flowery fields referring to 'Prato'. Image taken from f. 15v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Detail of a miniature of a garden or flowery field referring to 'Prato'. Image taken from f. 15v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). ... more

Garden from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15v

Detail of a miniature of a garden or flowery field referring to 'Prato'. Image taken from f. 15v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). ... more

Philosophy from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 27

Miniature of the personification of Philosophy, crowned and holding a sceptre. Image taken from f. 27 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmin... more

Text page from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 26v

Text page. Image taken from f. 26v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Four Muses from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 29v

Miniature of Four Muses: Clio (history), Melpomene (tragedy), Euterpe (music) and Thalia (comedy). Image taken from f. 29v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tusca... more

Text page from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 18v

Text page. Image taken from f. 18v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 14

Puzzle initial 'D'(ixit). Image taken from f. 14 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 19

Text page. Image taken from f. 19 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 25v

Puzzle initial 'O'(mnipotens). Image taken from f. 25v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 9v

Puzzle initial 'I'(gnem). Image taken from f. 9v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Faith from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 19v

Miniature of the personification of Faith, kneeling and holding up a large book inscribed with verses. Image taken from f. 19v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in T... more

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 17

Puzzle initial 'H'(oc). Image taken from f. 17 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 10

Puzzle initial 'P'(assio). Image taken from f. 10 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Cross from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 8v

Miniature of the cross in the papal chair, with a lion and a dragon below it, inscribed with verses. Image taken from f. 8v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tusc... more

Angels from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6v

Three miniatures of the angelic personifications of Dominations, Princes and Powers. Image taken from f. 6v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia ... more

Patriarchs, Prophets and Apostles from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7v

Miniatures of Patriarchs, Prophets and Apostles in three registers. Image taken from f. 7v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Writte... more

Angels from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7

Three miniatures of Virtues, Archangels and Angels. Image taken from f. 7 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Christ from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 9

Miniature of Christ holding a labarum with a serpent at the top. Image taken from f. 9 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Angels from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6

Three miniatures of Seraphs, Cherubs and Thrones. Image taken from f. 6 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Enoch and Elias from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 2v

Miniature of Enoch and Elias kneeling at the foot of the Arbor vitae, with flowers and pomegranates, inscribed with verses. Image taken from f. 2v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from th... more

Christ from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 4v

Miniature of Christ in glory holding a globe and blessing the Virgin (on the following page). Image taken from f. 4v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (th... more

The Blessed from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 8

Miniatures of Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins, Widows, and the Just in four registers. Image taken from f. 8 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Ca... more

Text page from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 16v

Text page. Image taken from f. 16v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Cassandra from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 22v

Miniature of Cassandra kneeling. Image taken from f. 22v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Text page from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 18

Text page. Image taken from f. 18 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 2

Puzzle initial 'N'(unc). Image taken from f. 2 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 3

Puzzle initials 'O'(devoti) and 'E'(go). Image taken from f. 3 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Virgin Mary from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 5

Miniature of the Virgin Mary kneeling (towards Christ on the previous page). Image taken from f. 5 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina')... more

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 5v

Puzzle initials 'P'(rincipio) and 'A'(ve). Image taken from f. 5v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 4

Puzzle initials 'A'(d) and 'S'(edes). Image taken from f. 4 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Sedes Dei from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 1v

Miniature of the Sedes Dei, with the arms of King Robert d'Anjou and of the pope, inscribed with verses. Image taken from f. 1v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in ... more

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 16

Puzzle initial 'R'(ex). Image taken from f. 16 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 3v

Puzzle initials 'F'(ons) and 'N'(unc). Image taken from f. 3v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 1

Puzzle initials 'S'(edes) and 'C'(ur). Image taken from f. 1 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Princes from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6v

Detail of a miniature of the angelic personifications of Princes. Image taken from f. 6v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Dominations from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6v

Detail of a miniature of the angelic personifications of Dominations. Image taken from f. 6v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Writ... more

Pegasus from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 28v

Miniature of Pegasus at the foot of a mountain. Image taken from f. 28v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Archangels from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7

Detail of a miniature of Archangels. Image taken from f. 7 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Powers from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6v

Detail of a miniature of the angelic personifications of Powers. Image taken from f. 6v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Two banners from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 23v

Miniature of two banners, of Anjou (fleur-de-lys on blue ground) and another in yellow and red, kept by a young man. Image taken from f. 23v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town... more

Peacock from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 23

Miniature of a peacock. Image taken from f. 23 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 26

Puzzle initial 'T'(u es rex). Image taken from f. 26 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 17v

Puzzle initial 'N'(unc). Image taken from f. 17v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Angels from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7

Detail of a miniature of angels. Image taken from f. 7 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Prophets from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7v

Detail of a miniature of Prophets. Image taken from f. 7v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Patriarchs. from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7v

Detail of a miniature of Patriarchs. Image taken from f. 7v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 14v

Puzzle initials 'H'(os) and 'R'(egia). Image taken from f. 14v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Virtues from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7

Detail of a miniature of Virtues. Image taken from f. 7 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Apostles from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 7v

Detail of a miniature of Apostles. Image taken from f. 7v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 13v

Puzzle initials 'A'(lma) and 'S'(epes). Image taken from f. 13v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Virgins, Widows, and the Just from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 8

Detail of a miniature of Virgins, Widows, and the Just. Image taken from f. 8 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Martyrs from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 8

Detail of a miniature of martyrs. Image taken from f. 8 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Confessors from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 8

Detail of a miniature of confessors. Image taken from f. 8 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Calliope from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 30v

Miniature of Calliope, the muse of heroic or epic poetry. She stands before a vase-shaped fountain with water flowing out, and plays a horn. Image taken from f. 30v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King... more

Four Muses from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 30

Miniature of Four Muses: Polyhymnia (choral poetry), Erato (lyric poetry), Terpsichore (dance) and Urania (astrology). Image taken from f. 30 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the tow... more

Puzzle initial from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 27v

Puzzle initial 'U'(t). Image taken from f. 27v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Blank folio from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 28

Blank folio. Image taken from f. 28 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Royal House of France from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 25

Miniature of the Tree of the Royal House of France, bearing the crowns of France, Jerusalem, Sicily, Navarre, and Hungary. Image taken from f. 25 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the... more

Charity from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 20v

Miniature of the personification of Charity. Image taken from f. 20v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Hope and Christ from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 20

Miniature of the personification of Hope and Christ appearing in the sky. Image taken from f. 20 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). ... more

Puzzle initials from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 15

Puzzle initials 'C'(onstans) and 'S'(i). Image taken from f. 15 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Cherubs from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Cherubs. Image taken from f. 6 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Seraphs from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Seraphs. Image taken from f. 6 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Thrones from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Thrones. Image taken from f. 6 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Seven Liberal Arts from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 29

Miniature of the personification of the Seven Liberal Arts: Astronomy, Music, Arithmetic, Geometry, Rhetoric, Logic and Grammar. Image taken from f. 29 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, fr... more

The Three Graces from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 24v

Miniature of the Three Graces. Image taken from f. 24v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Rome and Hercules from BL Royal 6 E IX, ff. 11v-12

Miniature of the personification of Rome as a mourning woman; miniature of Hercules wearing a lion's hide and carrying a mace. Image taken from ff. 11v-12 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples,... more

Robert of Anjou; personification of Italy from BL Royal 6 E IX, ff. 10v-11

Miniature of Robert of Anjou sitting on his throne, with inscribed fleurs-de-lis in the background; miniature of the personification of Italy as a mourning woman. Image taken from ff. 10v-11 of Address in verse... more

Fleur-de-lys and Florence from BL Royal 6 E IX, ff. 12v-13

Text with three fleur-de-lys in the margin, in different colours; miniature of the personification of Florence as a woman with arms folded across her chest. Image taken from ff. 12v-13 of Address in verse to Ro... more

Christ and the Virgin from BL Royal 6 E IX, ff. 4v-5

Miniature of Christ in glory holding a globe and blessing the Virgin (on the following page); miniature of the Virgin kneeling (towards Christ on the previous page). Image taken from ff. 4v-5 of Address in vers... more

Fleur-de-lys from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 12v

Text with three fleur-de-lys in the margin, in different colours. Image taken from f. 12v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Rome from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 11v

Miniature of the personification of Rome as a mourning woman. Image taken from f. 11v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Hercules from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 12

Miniature of Hercules wearing a lion's hide and carrying a mace. Image taken from f. 12 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Florence from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 13

Miniature of the personification of Florence as a woman with arms folded across her chest. Image taken from f. 13 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the '... more

Front cover and spine from BL Royal 6 E IX, binding

Front cover and spine of the binding. Image taken from binding of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.

Philosophy from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 27

Miniature of the personification of Philosophy, crowned and holding a sceptre. Image taken from f. 27 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmin... more

King Robert of Anjou from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 10v

Miniature of king Robert of Anjou sitting on his throne, with inscribed fleur-de-lis in the background. Image taken from f. 10v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in ... more

Italy from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 11

Miniature of the personification of Italy as a mourning woman, before king Robert of Anjou (on the preceding page). Image taken from f. 11 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town o... more

Fortitude and Temperance from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 21v

Miniature of personifications of Fortitude holding a mace and a shield with an elephant, and Temperance holding scales. Image taken from f. 21v of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the t... more

Judgement of Paris from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 22

Miniature of the Judgement of Paris, with Pallas Athena, Juno and Venus sitting at a table, and Paris giving an olive branch to Venus. Image taken from f. 22 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Napl... more

Armed knight from BL Royal 6 E IX, f. 24

Miniature of an armed knight of Prato on horseback. Image taken from f. 24 of Address in verse to Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, from the town of Prato in Tuscany (the 'Regia Carmina'). Written in Latin.