Created and magnificently illuminated for the King of France: the ups and downs of a young man's journey in love

Rose Novel for King François I

Rouen (France) — Around 1519

Rose Novel for King François I

Rose Novel for King François I

Rouen (France) — Around 1519

  1. The popular Renaissance story describes the highs and lows of the journey of a young man in love

  2. This royal manuscript is an early-16th century copy of an earlier work that was then illuminated in Rouen

  3. The illustrations reveal stylistic architecture in their frames and show a tendency toward the Renaissance style

Der Rosenroman für François I (Luxury edition)

Rose Novel for King François I

Jupiter commanding Subjects

Wearing a crown of laurels and green tunic with a decorative belt and golden leg warmers, the Roman god Jupiter is shown pointing with his right hand at a pair of young lovers while holding hands with a young man who gestures as though he were a guide. The couple seated across from them are dressed as early-16th century aristocrats. Various occupations are shown in the background including lumberjacking, shipbuilding, and horse-training. Fine strokes of gold ink highlight the entire scene.

Rose Novel for King François I

Alternative Titles:
  • The Roman of the Rose
  • Der Rosenroman für François I.
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The Rose Novel was one of the most popular forms of secular literature during the 20th century, and the Rose Novel for King François I is one of the most magnificent editions of the famous love story. Using a rose as an allegory for his beloved, it describes the journey of a young man through the highs and lows of being in love. This manuscript is an early–16th century copy of an earlier work that was then illuminated in Rouen with 107 shimmering miniatures. Aside from being a kingly example of an illuminated manuscript, its text is an important specimen of Old French literature.

Rose Novel for King François I

During its era the Rose novel was- an allegorical epic concerning the theme of love - one of the most read fictional books; secular and written in the common language of the people. The text in its own way is a unique conception of Old French literature.

Sensuality, Dissociated Irony, and Aristocratic Allegories

A young 20 year-old man dreams on a night in May of a beautiful paradise garden. While in the most beautiful part of the garden he finds a rose, the symbol and ultimately his metaphor for a beloved girl. Suddenly he finds himself overcome with an untamable passion and without warning he is transformed from a dreamer into a lover. With the courtship of his rose (the beloved girl he longs for), a long way begins for him experiencing all the highs and lows of true love. All the soul-moving, confusion and delight that he encounters along this path become personified within him; some lifting him to heights of unimaginable joy and others dropping him into the deepest depths of despair until finally his ultimate goal is attained: the conquest of the rose.

107 Radiant Miniatures

In the long series of rose novel transcriptions, this gorgeous copy in New York holds a special place. It was copied in 1519 by Girard Acarie for his King Francois I and the perfect illuminated hand writing was endowed with exceptional decorative illustrations in Rouen. 107 radiant miniatures altogether show a soft language of pictures. The illustrations reveal stylistic architecture in their frames and the joyful details that are arranged in the background are not just the formal Middle Age traditions that existed but also show a tendency toward the expression of a strong Renaissance style. All 420 pages of the manuscript have the format 27 x 19.5 cm and 107 true-to-original miniatures are displayed throughout. The book cover is made out of soft red velvet. The commentary is dedicated to uniquely decorated miniatures and features a special interpretation of different points of attention.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
The Roman of the Rose
Der Rosenroman für François I.
Size / Format
420 pages / 27.0 x 19.5 cm
Date
Around 1519
Language
Illustrations
107 miniatures, finely embellished with gold
Der Rosenroman für François I (Luxury edition)

Rose Novel for King François I

Presentation Miniature

The patron of the manuscript, François I of France, is pictured here wearing a feathered hat, fur-lined coat, and collar trimmed with cockleshells linked with double knots indicative of the Order of St. Michael. Holding his hat with his left hand and partly kneeling, Girard Acarie, the illuminator, extends the newly completed manuscript to the King with his right hand.

We see five other courtiers, four wearing feathered hats, and at least four guards, of whom three hold halberds and one a spear. The scene occurs within a wonderfully perspectival interior space with a tiled floor of alternating red and yellow, which opens up to a hilly landscape with the silhouette of a ship on the water. This is a truly exemplary presentation miniature.

2 available facsimile edition(s) of „Rose Novel for King François I“

Der Rosenroman für François I (Luxury edition)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
Rose Novel for King François I – Ms M.948 – Morgan Library & Museum (New York, USA)
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Der Rosenroman für François I (Luxury edition)

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1993
Limited Edition
50 copies
Binding
Red velvet with clasps
Commentary
1 volume (188 pages) by William Voelkle and Margareta Friesen
Language: German

Introduction by William Voelkle, New York. Scholarly commentary by Margareta Friesen, Friedrichsdorf. 188 pp., 190 x 274 mm, hard cover.
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Der Rosenroman für François I (Normal Edition)

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1993
Limited Edition
430 copies
Binding
Red velvet
Commentary
1 volume (188 pages) by William Voelkle and Margareta Friesen
Language: German

Introduction by William Voelkle, New York. Scholarly commentary by Margareta Friesen, Friedrichsdorf. 188 pp., 190 x 274 mm, hard cover.
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All folios are cut according to the original.
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