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The Statutes of the Order of the Knights of St. Michael, established by Louis XI in 1469, with the supplementary ordinances made in 1476 for the office of Provost and Master of the ceremonies, late 15th-early 16th century

MS. Rawl. C. 888

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The "Table des chapitres" has been misplaced in binding, and now follows the commencement of chap. xiii.

The first page is occupied by a well-executed illumination, representing the King sitting on his throne, in front of a screen of green arras, with ten nobles, wearing the collar of the order, in a semi-circle before him.

On a fly-leaf at the beginning of the volume has been affixed, a Latin hymn, "De Sancto Theobaldo," in four stanzas and 28 lines, written in red, blue and gold, with a neat drawing in the margin of a knight in full armour, upon a white horse. Beg. "Ingenuosa sobole / Ex Provinno fauste natus, / Heros Theobaldus, prole / Ac mente nobilitatus."

The cover of the volume bears an engraved book-plate of the arms of Burnshed, viz., arg. three bends gules, on a canton of the first a lion passant of the second; crest a pheon.


  • Creation: late 15th-early 16th century


57 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French
  • Latin


MS. Rawl. C. 888

Custodial History

[Qu., annon olim inter codd. Nic. Foucault?]

Related Materials

Of an edition of these Statutes, printed in quarto without place or date, the Library possesses a copy on vellum, amongst Selden's books.


  • The Latin hymn is not printed in Daniel's or Mone's collections of Hymns.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in folio minori


Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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