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La Coche ou le Débat de l'Amour, a French romance by Marguerite d'Angoulême or de Valois, queen of Navarre (d. 1549), written in about the middle of the 16th cent.

MS. Douce 91

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With no title or authorship in the MS.: beg. 'Ayant perdu de l'aueugle vincueur.'.

There are eleven miniatures illustrating the poem, arid one elaborate coat of arms, with borders, etc., The arms, representing the person for whom the book was written, are, according to the 1840 catalogue: quarterly 1. quarterly 1 & 4 Castile, 2 & 3 Leon, for de Foix (?): 2. La Tour d'Auvergne; 3. Clermont Lodève; 4. Turenne. The motto 'Plus vous que moy' occurs on fols. 8, 14v, 19.

'Aldonse de Bernoie' is written on fol. 2 (16th cent.).


  • written in about the middle of the 16th cent.


50 Leaves


MS. Douce 91

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21665

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Custodial History

The book belonged to H. Drury in the 18th cent.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, binding, red leather with gold tooling, 18th cent.


8 5/8 × 6 1/4 in.

Repository Details

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