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Valois court politics in the time of Jean of Berry and the Collins Cité de Dieu: PMA Collins 1945-65-1

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Title: Valois court politics in the time of Jean of Berry and the Collins Cité de Dieu: PMA Collins 1945-65-1
Author(s): Tennison, Heather
Advisor(s): Hedeman, Anne D.
Department / Program: Art & Design
Discipline: Art History
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Masters
Subject(s): manuscript illumination John of Berry Jean de Berry reader reception page layout mise-en-page
Abstract: At the turn of the fifteenth-century, the Valois court was rife with contention and intrigue. A vocal pro-reform movement had publically exposed corruption and mismanagement at the highest levels of the court hierarchy and was actively attempting to persuade members of the court to implement reforms that would preserve the honor and dignity of the king and his kingdom in the face of the individual desires and needs of the Princes of the Blood. Within this environment, an extraordinary copy of Augustine’s City of God (PMA Collins 1945-65-1) was created for the duke of Berry, a key figure within the court and a celebrated mediator between his nephews the dukes of Burgundy and Orléans, leaders of the two opposing factions. Due in part to the manuscripts greatly expanded illumination cycle, PMA Collins 1945-65-1 alters the original text’s flow and introduces a changed mode of reader reception. This paper will explore the effect of the reading flow of this illuminated text on its reception, and examine how gaps introduced into the text by the image cycle facilitate an understanding of the City of God that reinforces contemporary Valois court politics.
Issue Date: 2012-02-01
Genre: thesis
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Heathter Tennison
Date Available in IDEALS: 2014-02-01
Date Deposited: 2011-12

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