The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp

The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp

England (United Kingdom) — Last quarter of the 15th century

The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp

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The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp

The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick are so-called because they consist of a series of drawings representing scenes or “pageants” from the life of the English earl, military commander, and important political figure during the reigns of Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI during the final period of the Hundred Year’s War. Likely compiled at the behest of his daughter Anne, this manuscript is the only illustrated biography of a secular figure to have survived from the Late Middle Ages. 55 uncolored but masterfully designed and shaded pen and ink drawings by a skilled artist known as the Caxton Master adorn the manuscript from ca. 1485. Accompanied by explanatory texts, they cover virtually every important event in the Earl’s life from his birth and baptism to his death and burial. These dramatic drawings are famous for their realism, detail, and the valuable insights they offer researchers into European warfare and court culture during the Late Middle Ages.


Alternative Titles
The Beauchamp Pageants
Size / Format
28 folios / 28.0 × 20.0 cm
Last quarter of the 15th century
Gothic cursive
55 large pen drawings
Biography of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick
Artist / School
Previous Owners
Robert Glover
Sir Robert Bruce Cotton
Sir Thomas Cotton
Sir John Cotton

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Facsimile Editions

#1 The Beauchamp Pageants

Commentary: 1 volume by Alexandra Sinclair
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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