Two bi-folia from a Missal of St. Elizabeth of Hungary C13th
Two bi-folia from a Missal of St. Elizabeth of Hungary C13th
Two bi-folia from a Missal of St. Elizabeth of Hungary C13th
Two bi-folia from a Missal of St. Elizabeth of Hungary C13th
Two bi-folia from a Missal of St. Elizabeth of Hungary C13th
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Two bi-folia from a Missal of St. Elizabeth of Hungary C13th

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Two bi-folia from a decorated manuscript Missal in Latin on parchment [probably French border with Low Countries, mid-thirteenth century] 4 leaves (2 bifolia) text not contiguous but leaves probably from same gathering, single column, 18 lines of professional early gothic bookhand, capitals touched in red, red rubrics, 2-line initials in red or blue with elaborate scrolling penwork in contrasting colour extending up and down border with leaf-like offshoots in same arranged along a coloured bar on either side of a coloured bar and terminating in tiny curling tendrils, some small spots and smudges, but overall clean and presentable 195 x 136mm. These leaves are from a handsome book, most probably produced for use in a monastic community dedicated to the Third Order of St. Francis, perhaps in the Low Countires where they were common. They include offices for the rare saint, Elizabeth, princess of Hungary on both bifolia ("Beata elyzabeth filia regis hungarorum", the Landgravine of Thuringia and patroness of the Order) as well as the local saints Martin or Tours and his successor Brice, and Aldegund and Severinus of Cologne. St. Elizabeth died only in 1231 and was canonised on 27 May, 1235 only a decade or so before this manuscript was written.