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Chronicles and old histories of Great Britain

Jehan de Waurin (Born near 1398, died near 1474) was illegitimate son of Robert de Waurin, Lord of Wavrin. He was a Burgundian soldier, politician, chronicler and a bibliophile. He put together the first complete history of England.
Jehan compiled the Recueil des croniques et anchiennes istories de la Grant Bretaigne ("Account of the chronicles and old histories of Great Britain"), a collection of the sources of English history. Written in French, it extends from 688 to 1471, and a period of the Wars of the Roses. Only England events are covered, with an addition of French and Burgundian events.
Wavrin was legitimated in 1437 by Philip the Good and knighted five years later. He fought for the Burgundians at the battle of Verneuil and elsewhere, and then occupying a high position at the court of Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, was sent as ambassador to Rome in 1463. His first documented visit to England was in 1467, long after he produced the first version of his work.
Landing of Cadwallader's sons from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 192
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Grotesque from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 295v

Detail of a grotesque, from the margins of the folio. Image taken from f. 295v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Henry I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 246

Detail of a miniature of the coronation of Henry I. Image taken from f. 246 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Grotesque from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 246

Detail of a miniature of a grotesque emerging from a golden flower, holding a spindle, from the right margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 246 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Wr... more

Edward II from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 295v

Detail of a miniature of the marriage between Edward II and Isabella, daughter of Philippe IV of France, with a full border and a foliate initial 'A'(pres), at the beginning of book 6. Image taken from f. 295v ... more

Edward IV from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 14

Detail of a miniature of Edward IV enthroned, wearing the order of the Golden Fleece, receiving the book from Jean Wavrin. Image taken from f. 14 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Wri... more

Arms of England from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 14

Detail from the full border of the royal arms of England encircled by the Garter and supported by two white lions. Image taken from f. 14 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Knight with banner from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 14

Detail of a miniature of a knight holding a banner with the Garter motto 'Honny soit qui mal y pense,' from the margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 14 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, vol... more

Battle from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 257v

Detail of a marginal image of two men battling with a sword, from the lower margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 257v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Grotesque from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 257v

Detail of the bust of a female grotesque, wearing a headdress and a crucifix necklace, emerging from a flower, from the left margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 257v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'... more

Richard I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 257v

Detail of a miniature of the coronation procession of Richard I. Image taken from f. 257v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Man and lion from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 295v

Detail of a man battling a lion, from the margins of the folio. Image taken from f. 295v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Richard I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 257v

Miniature of the coronation procession of Richard I. Image taken from f. 257v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Henry I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 246

Miniature of the coronation of Henry I. Image taken from f. 246 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Text page from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 13v

Text page. Image taken from f. 13v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Edward IV from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 14

Miniature of Edward IV enthroned, wearing the order of the Golden Fleece, receiving the book from Jean Wavrin, with a full border containing the royal arms of England encircled by the Garter and supported by tw... more

Edward II from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 295v

Miniature of the marriage between Edward II and Isabella, daughter of Philippe IV of France, with a full border and a foliate initial 'A'(pres), at the beginning of book 6. With a full floriate border including... more

Brutus' camp from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 36

Miniature of Brutus' ships by his camp on the Loire, with text above and below, and illuminated borders. Image taken from f. 36 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Normans praying to relics of Valery from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 223

Detail of a miniature of Normans praying to relics of Valery, and the burning of their ships. Image taken from f. 223 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Marriage of Diodicias from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 16

Detail of a miniature of the marriage of Diodicias. Image taken from f. 16 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Grotesque from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 36

Detail of a grotesque hybrid figure from the right-hand margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 36 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Albina cutting her husband's throat from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 20v

Detail of a miniature of Albine, one of the fourteen daughters of King Diodicias of Syria, cutting the throat of her husband, King Sardacia of Damascus. She failed to kill him and was exiled to Britain, which ... more

Aurelian and Uther from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 118v

Detail of a miniature of the landing of Aurelian and Uther. Image taken from f. 118v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Buildling of Caesar's ships from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 57v

Detail of a miniature of the building of Caesar's fleet of ships. Image taken from f. 57v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Gandoline in bed from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 41v

Detail of a miniature of Gandoline in bed. Image taken from f. 41v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Vortigern from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 93

Miniature of Vortigern consulting the magicians, at the beginning of chapter 53. Image taken from f. 93 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Pope receiving Lucius' envoy from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 69

Detail of a miniature of the Pope receiving Lucius' envoy. Image taken from f. 69 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

View of England from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 24v

Detail of a miniature of a landscape, a river scene with walled towns, and ships representing England. Image taken from f. 24v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Vortigern from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 93

Detail of a miniature of Vortigern consulting the magicians, at the beginning of chapter 53. Image taken from f. 93 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Coronation of Arthur from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 141v

Detail of a miniature of the coronation of Arthur. Image taken from f. 141v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Lake, an island, and the ships of the Scots from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 146

Detail of a miniature of a lake, an island, and the ships of the Scots. Image taken from f. 146 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Landing of Cadwallader's sons from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 192

Detail of a miniature of the landing of Cadwallader's sons in Gaul. Image taken from f. 192 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Brutus' camp from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 36

Detail of a miniature of Brutus' ships by his camp on the Loire. Image taken from f. 36 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Death of Hengist from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 120

Detail of a miniature of the death of Hengist and the destruction of his army. Image taken from f. 120 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Defeat of Cadwal from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 180

Detail of a miniature of the defeat of Cadwal. Image taken from f. 180 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Hedgehog and ape from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 180

Detail of a marginal image of a hedgehog and an ape revealing his anus, from the right margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 180 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Grotesque from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 120

Detail of a grotesque from the right margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 120 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Landing of Alfred from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 213v

Detail of a miniature of the landing of Alfred. Image taken from f. 213v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 236

Detail of a miniature of the Coronation of William the Conqueror, with a full border and a foliate initial 'L'(e dimence), at the beginning of book 5. Image taken from f. 236 of Anciennes et nouvelles chronique... more

Peasant from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 57v

Detail of a peasant with an earring cutting vines in the margin of the folio. Image taken from f. 57v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Deaths from famine from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 187

Detail of a miniature of deaths from famine. Image taken from f. 187 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Saxon stockade from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 231v

Detail of a miniature of the Saxon stockade at the Battle of Hastings. Image taken from f. 231v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Death of Hengist from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 120

Miniature of the death of Hengist and the destruction of his army. Image taken from f. 120 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Defeat of Cadwal from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 180

Miniature of the defeat of Cadwal. Image taken from f. 180 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Normans praying to relics of Valery from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 223

Detail of a miniature of Normans praying to relics of Valery, and the burning of their ships. Image taken from f. 223 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Saxon stockade from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 231v

Detail of a miniature of the Saxon stockade at the Battle of Hastings. Image taken from f. 231v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Constans and Helena from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 73

Detail of a miniature of the marriage of Constans and Helena, and the birth of Constantine. Image taken from f. 73 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Arthur and the Spanish giant from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 156

Detail of a miniature of Arthur slying the 'swine-eating' Spanish giant on the island of Mont St Michel, and rescuing Helena, niece of Hoel of Brittany. Image taken from f. 156 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniq... more

Richard I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 257

Detail of a miniature of the coronation procession of Richard I. Image taken from f. 257 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Buildling of Caesar's ships from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 57v

Miniature of the building of Caesar's fleet of ships. Image taken from f. 57v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Court of Uther from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 134

Detail of a miniature of the Court of Uther. Image taken from f. 134 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Edward I returning from Gascony from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 287

Detail of a miniature of Edward I returning from Gascony. Image taken from f. 287 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Death of Gincelin from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 52

Detail of a miniature of the death of Gincelin, and the combat of Morbidus and the sea monster. Image taken from f. 52 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Two men talking from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 14

Detail of two men in conversation, from the left side of the presentation miniature. Image taken from f. 14 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Landing of Cadwallader's sons from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 192

Miniature of the landing of Cadwallader's sons in Gaul. Image taken from f. 192 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Landing of Alfred from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 213v

Miniature of the landing of Alfred. Image taken from f. 213v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Lake, island, and ships of the Scots from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 146

Miniature of a lake, an island, and the ships of the Scots. Image taken from f. 146 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Arthur and the Spanish giant from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 156

Miniature of Arthur slying the 'swine-eating' Spanish giant on the island of Mont St Michel, and rescuing Helena, niece of Hoel of Brittany. Image taken from f. 156 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Anglet... more

Henry I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 246

Miniature of the coronation of Henry I. Image taken from f. 246 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Richard I from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 257

Miniature of the coronation procession of Richard I. Image taken from f. 257 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Marriage of Diodicias from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 16

Miniature of the marriage of Diodicia, king of Syria. Image taken from f. 16 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Albina cutting her husband's throat from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 20v

Miniature of Albina cutting her husband's throat. Image taken from f. 20v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

View of England from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 24v

Detail of a miniature of a view of England, with a walled tower, and ships. Image taken from f. 24v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Edward I returning from Gascony from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 287

Miniature of Edward I returning from Gascony. Image taken from f. 287 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Court of Uther from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 134

Miniature of the Court of Uther. Image taken from f. 134 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Coronation of Arthur from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 141v

Miniature of the coronation of Arthur. Image taken from f. 141v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Pope receiving Lucius' envoy from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 69

Miniature of the Pope receiving Lucius' envoy. Image taken from f. 69 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 236

Miniature of the Coronation of William the Conqueror, with a full border and a foliate initial 'L'(e dimence), at the beginning of book 5. Image taken from f. 236 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleter... more

Landing of Aurelian and Uther from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 118v

Miniature of the landing of Aurelian and Uther. Image taken from f. 118v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Death of Gincelin from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 52

Miniature of the death of Gincelin, and the combat of Morbidus and the sea monster. Image taken from f. 52 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Gandoline in bed from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 41v

Miniature of Gandoline in bed. Image taken from f. 41v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Queen Isabella and her army from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 316v

Miniature of Queen Isabella and her army. Image taken from f. 316v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.

Queen Isabella and her army from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 316v

Detail of a miniature of Queen Isabella and her army. Image taken from f. 316v of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleterre, volume 1. Written in French.