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Poem by Georges de la Motthe to Elizabeth I

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'Hymne a tres-haute ... Princesse Elizabeth Royne d'Angleterre, France, et Irelande etc. Presentee a sa Maiesté par Georges de La Motthe, gentilhomme Francoys . 1586', a laudatory French poem by a French refugee, with prose preface. The poem beg. 'Qui voudra figurer, d'vn ouurage parfect'. At fol. 7 is a miniature of the Queen, on the title-page is an emblematic picture, on fol. 4v the Royal Arms, and every page is surrounded with a painted border with small figures, emblematic devices, arms, conjoined letters, etc.

Both preface and poem are purely rhetorical, but the writer (who is also the painter) not obscurely asks for assistance. See W. D. Macray's Annals of the Bodleian, 2nd ed. (1900), p. 464, where it is mentioned that the enamel on the binding used to be considered made of humming birds' feathers. Attached to fol. 20 is a leaf of some English theological treatise in minute writing of the 17th cent.


  • Creation: 1586


21 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French

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MS. Fr. e. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18119


'Hymne a tres-haute ... Princesse Elizabeth Royne d'Angleterre'

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

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. II, no. 3062

Custodial History

Manuscript 1055 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Ex dono ... Johannis Cope Armigeri, Equitis Aurati, Baronetti filii natu maximi, Olim Reginensis Oxon. Almæ Matris ergô, 4° Cal. Jan. 1626'.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogate available in Digital Bodleian.

R.Films.101 is a surrogate.

Physical Facet

On paper, with miniatures, illuminated borders, etc.; binding, brown leather inlaid with various coloured moroccos and with gold ornament, and two central bosses of crystal 'églomisé'


8 3/4 × 7 3/4 in.

Poem by Georges de la Motthe to Elizabeth I
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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