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Illustration of military interest from the
Douce Apocalypse
The seed of the woman fight the dragon (Rev. 12: 17-18)

Shelfmark: Bodleian Library MS. Douce 180
Folio/page: 36r/p.47
Title: Apocalypse with commentary (known as the 'Douce Apocalypse').
Date: c. 1265-70
Place of origin: England, London?
Languages: Anglo-Norman

Description: The seed of the woman fight the dragon (Rev. 12: 17-18). | Important miniatures (in various stages of completion, partly drawings). Made perhaps at Westminster, for Edward I before his accession in 1272. | Slide roll title: MS. Douce 180. The Douce Apocalypse. | Material: Parchment
Sources: Digital Bodleian and Slides

Physical Description
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 61 + ii fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 215 mm.

Morgan (1987, cat. 153) distinguishes three artists, or one artist working in slightly different styles: pp. 1-74; pp. 75-90; pp. 91-7. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS. lat. 10474 is from the same workshop, but with this exception the artist(s) have not been identified in other manuscripts.

Origin: 13th century, third quarter (1254 × 1272; ?c. 1265-70) ; English, Westminster (?)
Provenance and Acquisition
Two production units (fols. 1-12, 13-61), but with the same ruling and possibly the same scribe.
Fol. 1, historiated initial, kneeling figures identifiable from their arms as Edward I of England (before his accession, 1272), and Eleanor of Castile; they married in 1254, so datable between 1254 and 1272. Morgan (2007), on art-historical grounds suggests a date of c. 1265-70.
William Wilson, F.S.A., of the Minories, his sale, Christie's, 31 Jan.-1 Feb. 1833, lot 56 on 1 Feb.; bought by Thorpe for £53. 11s.
Purchased from Thorpe by Douce, Feb. 1833.
Bequeathed by Douce to the Bodleian in 1834.

Record Sources
Description (in progress) adapted from The Douce Legacy (1984), no. 65; Watson; Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); and the Summary Catalogue (1897). Summary Catalogue, vol. 4, p. 546

Digital Images
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (119 images from 35mm slides)

The Douce Legacy (1984), no. 65
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 464
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 469
Online resources:
JONAS: Répertoire des textes et des manuscrits médiévaux d'oc et d'oïl
Source: A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

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