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Roman de la Rose

Roman de la Rose. Various manuscripts, including Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun. France, Central (Paris), 1320 - 1340Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: Invalid date
Pygmalion kneeling before the statue from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 138v
Roman de la Rose was one of the most widely read works in France for three centuries, and possibly the most read book in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries. The work started around 1220, possibly by Guillaume de Lorris, and continued later by Jean de Meun: between 1269 and 1278. This particular manuscript was copied from a printed edition published at Lyon, probably around 1487.
"Romance of the Rose" was both popular and controversial provoking attacks of many writers and moralists of the 14th and 15th centuries. The medieval French poem styled as an allegorical dream vision with a purpose to entertain and to teach others about the Art of Love. The "Rose" of the title is seen as the name of the lady and as a symbol of female sexuality in general. The other characters' names also serve as abstractions of the various factors that are involved in a love affair.
Its emphasis on sensual language. Historian Johan Huizinga writes: "It is astonishing that the Church, which so rigorously repressed the slightest deviations from dogma of a speculative character, suffered the teaching of this breviary of the aristocracy (for the Roman de la Rose was nothing else) to be disseminated with impunity."
About 320 manuscripts of the text survive, nearly 200 of these are illustrated.
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Marginalia from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5

Marginalia from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5

Detail of marginalia from the lower border, including a grotesque with a bow, hounds, dragons, and a monkey. Image taken from f. 5 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, al... More

Vilenie from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 6

Vilenie from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Vilenie (Villainy, Abuse, Baseness) offering the Lover (L'Amans) a potion. Image taken from f. 6 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known ... More

Death of Malebouche from BL Harley 4425, f. 111

Death of Malebouche from BL Harley 4425, f. 111

Detail of a miniature showing Abstinence Contrainte (Forced Abstinence) and Faux Semblant (False Seeming) killing Malebouche (Evil Tongue), and cutting his tongue. Image taken from f. 111 of Roman de la Rose (i... More

Pygmalion and sculpture from BL YT 21, f. 138v

Pygmalion and sculpture from BL YT 21, f. 138v

Detail of a miniature of Pygmalion kneeling before his sculpture-turned-woman. Image taken from f. 138v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and phil... More

Venus in her chariot from BL Harley 4425, f. 138v

Venus in her chariot from BL Harley 4425, f. 138v

Detail of a miniature of Venus coming to the rescue in a chariot drawn by six white doves. Image taken from f. 138v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript... More

Amour kissing the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 24

Amour kissing the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 24

Detail of a miniature of Amour (Love) kissing the Lover. Image taken from f. 24 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval... More

Nature from BL Harley 4425, f. 166

Nature from BL Harley 4425, f. 166

Detail of a miniature in the left-hand column of Nature dispatching Gennie to the God of Love. Image taken from f. 166 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscr... More

The Lover and la Vieille from BL Harley 4425, f. 129v

The Lover and la Vieille from BL Harley 4425, f. 129v

Detail of a miniature of the Lover and la Vieille (the Duenna). Image taken from f. 129v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of... More

Bel Accueil and Jalousie from BL Harley 4425, f. 37v

Bel Accueil and Jalousie from BL Harley 4425, f. 37v

Detail of a miniature of Jalousie (Jealousy) speaking to Bel Accueil (Fair Welcome). Image taken from f. 37v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refer... More

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Detail of a miniature of the Garden of Pleasure, with lords and ladies beside a fountain, some reading, some singing, one playing the lute. Image taken from f. 12v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose... More

Jealous husband from BL Harley 4425, f. 85

Jealous husband from BL Harley 4425, f. 85

Detail of a miniature of a jealous husband beating his wife until her hair and clothes fly about, while spectators watch from the doorway. Image taken from f. 85 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose).... More

Bel Accueil and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 36

Bel Accueil and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 36

Detail of a miniature of Bel Accueil (Fair Welcome) leading the Lover to the rose. Image taken from f. 36 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers t... More

Lover and God of Love from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 3v

Lover and God of Love from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 3v

Two miniatures in two compartments: the Lover (L'Amans), being pierced by an arrow, kneeling before the God of Love (Diex d'Amour) and holding a scroll reading 'Sa mon gre e sauourousaite', and 4 figures includ... More

Bel Accueil and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 30v

Bel Accueil and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 30v

Detail of a miniature of the Lover and Bel Accueil (Fair Welcome) in the garden; Danger and other allegorical figures are hiding in the bushes. Image taken from f. 30v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the ... More

Nature forging a baby from BL Harley 4425, f. 140

Nature forging a baby from BL Harley 4425, f. 140

Detail of a miniature depicting Nature forging a baby. Image taken from f. 140 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval ... More

Bel Accueil and la Vieille from BL Harley 4425, f. 113

Bel Accueil and la Vieille from BL Harley 4425, f. 113

Detail of a miniature of la Vieille (the Duenna) and Bel Accueil (Fair Welcome). Image taken from f. 113 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to... More

Pygmalion kneeling before the statue from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 138v

Pygmalion kneeling before the statue from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 138v

Detail of a miniature of Pygmalion kneeling before the statue. Image taken from f. 138v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists ... More

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 18v

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 18v

Detail of a miniature of Amour (Love), with bow and arrows, awaiting the right moment to strike the Lover. Image taken from f. 18v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Ha... More

Deucalion and Pyrrah from BL Harley 4425, f. 153

Deucalion and Pyrrah from BL Harley 4425, f. 153

Detail of a miniature of Deucalion and Pyrrah repopulating the world after the Flood (humans spring forth from the stones that they cast behind them). Image taken from f. 153 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance ... More

Bel Acueil in prison from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 31v

Bel Acueil in prison from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 31v

Detail of a miniature of Bel Acueil in prison, being guarded by Vielle (old woman). Image taken from f. 31v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal C... More

Diex d'Amors taking hold of the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 17v

Diex d'Amors taking hold of the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 17v

Detail of a miniature of Diex d'Amors (the God of Love) taking hold of the Lover (L'Amans). Image taken from f. 17v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the... More

Dancing from BL Harley 4425, f. 14v

Dancing from BL Harley 4425, f. 14v

Miniature of the Carolle (round dance with music) in the garden of Sir Mirth, watched by the narrator of the Roman de la rose, dressed in blue, at the left. Image taken from f. 14v of Roman de la Rose (index Ro... More

Nature from BL Harley 4425, f. 123v

Nature from BL Harley 4425, f. 123v

Detail of a miniature of an allegorical figure of Nature holding an anvil. Image taken from f. 123v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a co... More

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Detail of a miniature of a scene in the Garden of Pleasure with the Lover and Dame Oiseuse (Idleness) outside; text and trompe l'oeil borders of flowers and birds; detail showing a lutenist and singers. Image t... More

Tristece from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 7

Tristece from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 7

Detail of a miniature of Tristece (Sorrow or Misery), tearing her hair and clothes. Image taken from f. 7 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Col... More

Pygmalion and the statue from BL Harley 4425, f. 177v

Pygmalion and the statue from BL Harley 4425, f. 177v

Detail of a miniature of Pygmalion and the statue. Image taken from f. 177v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval man... More

Raison and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 43v

Raison and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 43v

Detail of a miniature of Raison (Reason) advising the Lover. Image taken from f. 43v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of med... More

The Lover and the rose from BL Harley 4425, f. 184v

The Lover and the rose from BL Harley 4425, f. 184v

Detail of a miniature of the Lover tending the rose. Image taken from f. 184v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval m... More

Felony and Villainy, Coveriousness and Avarice from BL YT 21, f. 4

Felony and Villainy, Coveriousness and Avarice from BL YT 21, f. 4

Three miniatures of Felony and Villainy, Coveriousness and Avarice, in the Roman de la Rose. Image taken from f. 4 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collect... More

Papelardie from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 8

Papelardie from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 8

Detail of a miniature of Papelardie (Pope-Holiness, or Religious Hypocrisy), with an open psalm book, kneeling at an altar. Image taken from f. 8 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript... More

Venus in her chariot from BL Harley 4425, f. 138v

Venus in her chariot from BL Harley 4425, f. 138v

Detail of a miniature of Venus coming to the rescue in a chariot drawn by six white doves. Image taken from f. 138v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript... More

Lovers from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 4

Lovers from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 4

Detail of a miniature of 4 figures including men, a monk, and a cleric, all pierced by arrows holding scrolls with verses. Image taken from f. 4 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript ... More

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 42

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 42

Detail of a miniature of Amour (Love) and the Lover. Image taken from f. 42 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval man... More

Nature forging a baby from BL Harley 4425, f. 140

Nature forging a baby from BL Harley 4425, f. 140

Detail of a miniature depicting Nature forging a baby. Image taken from f. 140 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval ... More

Pygmalion and the statue from BL Harley 4425, f. 178v

Pygmalion and the statue from BL Harley 4425, f. 178v

Detail of a miniature of Pygmalion on his knees, asking forgiveness from the statue. Image taken from f. 178v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refe... More

Nature from BL Harley 4425, f. 166

Nature from BL Harley 4425, f. 166

Miniature of Nature dispatching Gennie to the God of Love. Image taken from f. 166 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medie... More

Jean de Meun writing in his study from BL YT 21, f. 69v

Jean de Meun writing in his study from BL YT 21, f. 69v

Detail of a miniature of Jean de Meun writing the opening words of his poem (which begins on f. 28), in the Roman de la Rose. Image taken from f. 69v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompso... More

Author from BL Harley 4425, f. 133

Author from BL Harley 4425, f. 133

Detail of a miniature of the author writing his book. Image taken from f. 133 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval m... More

Assault on the castle from BL Harley 4425, f. 139

Assault on the castle from BL Harley 4425, f. 139

Detail of a miniature depicting an assault on the castle. Image taken from f. 139 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of mediev... More

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Garden of Pleasure from BL Harley 4425, f. 12v

Detail of a miniature of a scene in the Garden of Pleasure with the Lover and Dame Oiseuse (Idleness) outside; text and trompe l'oeil borders of flowers and birds. Image taken from f. 12v of Roman de la Rose (i... More

Povrete from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 8

Povrete from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 8

Detail of a miniature of Povrete (Poverty), in rags, with a nun and a friar looking at her. Image taken from f. 8 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the R... More

Dream of the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5

Dream of the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5

Detail of a miniature of the Lover (L'Amans) in bed, with a man holding a club (Dangier?), at the beginning of the text. Image taken from f. 5 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Co... More

Dread, Shame, and Danger from BL YT 21, f. 26v

Dread, Shame, and Danger from BL YT 21, f. 26v

Miniature of Dread, Shame, and Danger, in the Roman de la Rose. Image taken from f. 26v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philanthropist who a... More

Castle on fire from BL Harley 4425, f. 181

Castle on fire from BL Harley 4425, f. 181

Detail of a miniature of Danger and other allegorical figures escaping from the castle in flames. Image taken from f. 181 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manu... More

Venus setting fire to the castle from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 141v

Venus setting fire to the castle from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 141v

Miniature of Venus setting fire to the castle. Image taken from f. 141v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of over 2,000 ma... More

Dream of the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5

Dream of the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5

Miniature of the Lover (L'Amans) in bed, with a man holding a club (Dangier?) and the bush of rose, with a full border containing animals and hybrids and a foliate initial 'M'(aintes), at the beginning of the t... More

The Lover and Raison from BL Harley 4425, f. 32v

The Lover and Raison from BL Harley 4425, f. 32v

Detail of a miniature of Raison (Reason) advising the Lover. Image taken from f. 32v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of med... More

Tristece from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 7

Tristece from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 7

Miniature of Tristece (Sorrow or Misery), tearing her hair and clothes. Image taken from f. 7 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, con... More

Dream from BL YT 21, f. 3 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Dream from BL YT 21, f. 3 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Miniature of the dream of the Lover. Image taken from f. 3 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philanthropist who assembled this remarkable coll... More

Detail: Flourished initials from BL YT 21, f. 135

Detail: Flourished initials from BL YT 21, f. 135

Text page of the Roman de la Rose with initials with pen-flourishing. Image taken from f. 135 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philanthropis... More

Faussemblant, Contrainte Atenance, and another speaking to Male Bouche from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 83

Faussemblant, Contrainte Atenance, and another speaking to Male Bouche...

Detail of a miniature of Faussemblant (False Seeming or Fraud), Contrainte Atenance (Abstinence, or Forced Abstinence), and another speaking to Male Bouche (literally, Foul mouth, or Scandal). Image taken from ... More

Nero and Seneca from BL Harley 4425, f. 59v

Nero and Seneca from BL Harley 4425, f. 59v

Detail of a miniature of Seneca sitting in a bathtub while a man is slitting his veins, obeying Nero's orders. Image taken from f. 59v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "B... More

Deduiz from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 10v

Deduiz from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 10v

Miniature of Deduiz and four companions dancing. Image taken from f. 10v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of over 2,000 m... More

Feloniye from BL Harley 4425, f. 8v

Feloniye from BL Harley 4425, f. 8v

Detail of a miniature of the allegorical figure of Feloniye (Crime), in the first column of the folio. Image taken from f. 8v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley ... More

Peur from BL Harley 4425, f. 136v

Peur from BL Harley 4425, f. 136v

Detail of a miniature of Peur fighting while Honte looks on. Image taken from f. 136v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of me... More

Jason and the Golden Fleece from BL Harley 4425, f. 86

Jason and the Golden Fleece from BL Harley 4425, f. 86

Detail of a miniature of Jason and the Golden fleece, with his ship and spectators in the foreground. Image taken from f. 86 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley M... More

Honte and Peor rousing Dangier from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 29

Honte and Peor rousing Dangier from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 29

Miniature of Honte (Shame, Modesty) and Peor (Fear, Timidity) rousing Dangier (Danger). Image taken from f. 29 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Roya... More

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 25v

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 25v

Detail of a miniature of Amour (Love) instructing the Lover. Image taken from f. 25v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of med... More

Lover talking to Amis from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 51v

Lover talking to Amis from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 51v

Detail of a miniature of the Lover (L'Amans) talking to Amis (Friend). Image taken from f. 51v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, co... More

Franchise and Dangier from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 103

Franchise and Dangier from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 103

Miniature of Franchise and Dangier with an instruction to an illuminator reading, 'Franchise qui parle a danger'. Image taken from f. 103 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collect... More

Hayne looking askance at the Dreamer from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5v

Hayne looking askance at the Dreamer from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5v

Miniature of Hayne (Hatred) looking askance at the Dreamer. Image taken from f. 5v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of ov... More

Hayne looking askance at the Dreamer from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5v

Hayne looking askance at the Dreamer from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 5v

Detail of a miniature of Hayne (Hatred) looking askance at the Dreamer. Image taken from f. 5v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, co... More

Vilenie from BL Harley 4425, f. 8v

Vilenie from BL Harley 4425, f. 8v

Detail of a miniature of the allegorical figure of Vilenie (Villainy), in the second column of the folio. Image taken from f. 8v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harl... More

Faussemblant, Contrainte Atenance, and another speaking to Male Bouche from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 83

Faussemblant, Contrainte Atenance, and another speaking to Male Bouche...

Miniature of Faussemblant (False Seeming or Fraud), Contrainte Atenance (Abstinence, or Forced Abstinence), and another speaking to Male Bouche (literally, Foul mouth, or Scandal). Image taken from f. 83 of Rom... More

Oiseuse admitting the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 9

Oiseuse admitting the Lover from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 9

Detail of a miniature of Oiseuse admitting the Lover (L'Amans) through the gate. Oiseuse is the gatekeeper to the garden, and her name means Idleness, Ease, or Leisure. Image taken from f. 9 of Roman de la Ro... More

L'Ami and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 33v

L'Ami and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 33v

Detail of a miniature depicting l'Ami (the Friend) comforting the Lover. Image taken from f. 33v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a colle... More

Franchise from BL YT 21, f. 11 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Franchise from BL YT 21, f. 11 - Public domain medieval manuscript

Detail of a miniature showing the Lover with the dancer, Franchise. Image taken from f. 11 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philanthropist wh... More

Genius' sermon from BL YT 21, f. 127

Genius' sermon from BL YT 21, f. 127

Detail of a miniature of a sermon being preached by Nature's priest, Genius. Image taken from f. 127 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philant... More

Virginius and Appius from BL Harley 4425, f. 54

Virginius and Appius from BL Harley 4425, f. 54

Detail of a miniature of Virginius pleading before Appius. Image taken from f. 54 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of mediev... More

Tristesse from BL Harley 4425, f. 10

Tristesse from BL Harley 4425, f. 10

Detail of a miniature of an allegorical figure embodying Tristesse (Sadness). Image taken from f. 10 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a c... More

Franchise and Dangier from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 103

Franchise and Dangier from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 103

Detail of a miniature of Franchise, with a spear and shield, speaking to Dangier, with a club and shield. Image taken from f. 103 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, als... More

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 24v

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 24v

Detail of a miniature of Amour (Love) and the Lover. Image taken from f. 24v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval ma... More

Detail: Coveriousness from BL YT 21, f. 4

Detail: Coveriousness from BL YT 21, f. 4

Miniature of Coveriousness, in the Roman de la Rose. Image taken from f. 4 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philanthropist who assembled this... More

Dancing from BL Harley 4425, f. 14v

Dancing from BL Harley 4425, f. 14v

Detail of a miniature of the Carolle (round dance with music) in the garden of Sir Mirth, watched by the narrator of the Roman de la rose, dressed in blue, at the left. Image taken from f. 14v of Roman de la Ro... More

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 23v

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 23v

Detail of a miniature of the Lover kneeling before Amour (Love). Image taken from f. 23v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of... More

Champ initials from BL Harley 4425, f. 18

Champ initials from BL Harley 4425, f. 18

Text page with champ initials. Image taken from f. 18 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in the B... More

Bel Accueil and la Vieille from BL Harley 4425, f. 114

Bel Accueil and la Vieille from BL Harley 4425, f. 114

Detail of a miniature of Bel Accueil (Fair Welcome) looking at her reflection in a mirror while la Vieille (the Duenna) admires. Image taken from f. 114 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written ... More

Bel Acueil in prison from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 31v

Bel Acueil in prison from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 31v

Miniature of Bel Acueil in prison, being guarded by Vielle (old woman). Image taken from f. 31v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, c... More

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 42

Amour and the Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 42

Miniature of Amour (Love) and the Lover. Image taken from f. 42 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts hel... More

Venus setting fire to the castle from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 141v

Venus setting fire to the castle from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 141v

Detail of a miniature of Venus setting fire to the castle. Image taken from f. 141v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of o... More

Mirth and Gladness, and God of Love from BL YT 21, f. 8v

Mirth and Gladness, and God of Love from BL YT 21, f. 8v

Miniature of the dance with Mirth and Gladness; miniature of the God of Love with a youth and a damsel. Image taken from f. 8v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a Bri... More

Convoitise from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 6

Convoitise from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 6

Detail of a miniature of Convoitise (Covetousness or Greed) standing outside a closed gate. Image taken from f. 6 of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the R... More

Jealous man and his wife from BL Harley 4425, f. 77

Jealous man and his wife from BL Harley 4425, f. 77

Detail of a miniature of a jealous man reproaching his wife. Image taken from f. 77 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medi... More

Castle of Jalousie from BL Harley 4425, f. 39

Castle of Jalousie from BL Harley 4425, f. 39

Detail of a miniature of the Lover outside the Castle of Jalousie (Jealousy), where Bel Accueil (Fair Welcome) is imprisoned; Danger guards its gate. Image taken from f. 39 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of... More

Avarice from BL Harley 4425, f. 9

Avarice from BL Harley 4425, f. 9

Detail of a miniature of the allegorical figure of Avarice. Image taken from f. 9 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of mediev... More

The Lover and Danger from BL Harley 4425, f. 34

The Lover and Danger from BL Harley 4425, f. 34

Detail of a miniature of the Lover saluting Danger. Image taken from f. 34 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manu... More

Text page from BL Harley 4425, f. 16

Text page from BL Harley 4425, f. 16

Text page. Image taken from f. 16 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval manuscripts held in the British Library in Lo... More

Narcissus at the fountain from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 14v

Narcissus at the fountain from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 14v

Detail of a miniature of Narcissus at the fountain. Image taken from f. 14v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of over 2,00... More

Zeuxis and nude models from BL Harley 4425, f. 142

Zeuxis and nude models from BL Harley 4425, f. 142

Detail of a miniature of the painter Zeuxis painting nude models from nature. Image taken from f. 142 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a ... More

Vilenie and Convoitise from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 6

Vilenie and Convoitise from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 6

Miniature of Vilenie (Villainy, Abuse, Baseness) offering the Lover (L'Amans) a potion; miniature of Convoitise (Covetousness or Greed) standing outside a closed gate. Image taken from f. 6 of Roman de la Rose.... More

Lover talking to Amis from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 51v

Lover talking to Amis from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 51v

Miniature of the Lover (L'Amans) talking to Amis (Friend). Image taken from f. 51v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. The BL Royal Manuscript Collection, also known as the Royal Collection, consists of ov... More

Zeuxis and nude models from BL Harley 4425, f. 142

Zeuxis and nude models from BL Harley 4425, f. 142

Miniature of the painter Zeuxis painting nude models from nature. Image taken from f. 142 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection o... More

Detail: Dread, Shame, and Danger from BL YT 21, f. 26v

Detail: Dread, Shame, and Danger from BL YT 21, f. 26v

Miniature of Dread, Shame, and Danger, in the Roman de la Rose. Image taken from f. 26v of Roman de la Rose. Written in French. Henry Yates Thompson (1838-1928) was a British collector and philanthropist who a... More

Commune from BL Harley 4425, f. 76v

Commune from BL Harley 4425, f. 76v

Detail of a miniature of the people of ancient times living together in a sylvan commune. Image taken from f. 76v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" ... More

Assault on the castle from BL Harley 4425, f. 139

Assault on the castle from BL Harley 4425, f. 139

Detail of a miniature depicting an assault on the castle. Image taken from f. 139 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of mediev... More

Pygmalion and the statue from BL Harley 4425, f. 177v

Pygmalion and the statue from BL Harley 4425, f. 177v

Detail of a miniature of Pygmalion and the statue. Image taken from f. 177v of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval man... More

The Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 7

The Lover from BL Harley 4425, f. 7

Detail of a miniature of the Lover in bed, and then dressed and taking out a pen from its case. Image taken from f. 7 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscri... More

Puer, Honte and other allegories from BL Harley 4425, f. 137

Puer, Honte and other allegories from BL Harley 4425, f. 137

Detail of a miniature of Peur, Honte and other allegories fighting. Image taken from f. 137 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection... More

Lovers from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 4

Lovers from BL Royal 19 B XIII, f. 4

Two miniatures in two compartments: 8 figures including men, women, monks and a nun, all pierced by arrows holding scrolls with verses, 'Lonc temps vivre ne pouray', 'Ay ay nus ne doit amer', 'Dame merci si for... More

Author from BL Harley 4425, f. 133

Author from BL Harley 4425, f. 133

Detail of a miniature of the author writing his book. Image taken from f. 133 of Roman de la Rose (index Romance of the Rose). Written in French. The "BL Harley Manuscript" refers to a collection of medieval m... More

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