The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp

The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp Facsimile Edition

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

A realistic pictorial biography of the life of a highly influential nobleman in the Late Middle Ages: the life of Richard Beauchamp from baptism to burial

  1. Richard Beauchamp (1382–1439) was the 13th Earl of Warwick and a loyal servant to the English Crown

  2. This is the only illustrated biography of a secular figure to survive from the Late Middle Ages

  3. 55 uncolored but masterfully designed and shaded drawings by the Caxton Master illustrate the work

The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp

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Description
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.

Codicology

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

Available facsimile editions:
The Pageants of Richard Beauchamp – Cotton MS Julius E IV/3 – British Library (London, United Kingdom) Facsimile Edition
The Richard III and Yorkist History Trust – Donington, 2003
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Beauchamp Pageants

Publisher: The Richard III and Yorkist History Trust – Donington, 2003
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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