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Tapestry Collection of Philip the Bold

Based on Art from the Court of Burgundy: The Patronage of Philip the Bold and John the Fearless 1364-1419, p. 125

Category Subject Matter Price
  St. Anne, Cyprus gold thread, lot of two tapestries 1,100 gold crowns
St. Anthony (two tapestries, gold thread)  
The Apocalypse (six tapestries), 648 square meters,gold thread 5,000 francs
St. Catherine  
The Credo, fine Cyprus gold thread, 26.4 X 4.8 meters 1,400 francs
St. Denis, fine Arras thread and Cyprus gold and silver threads 800 francs
St. George, gold thread, 21 meters long 700 francs
Judas Maccabeus (the deeds of), four tapestries 90 francs
The Entombment of Christ, lot of two tapestries, 7 X 3.15 meters 1,000 francs
The Five Joys of the Virgin, Cyprus gold thread 250 francs
The Crowning of the Virgin, lot of two tapestries, gold thread, 10.15 X 4.9 meters 1,000 francs
The Crowning of the Virgin, gold thread 200 francs
The Virgin Mary (several stories of her life), Cyprus gold thread and silk, 5.4 X 3 meters 350 francs
The Virgin Mary ( a story of her life), 12 square meters. 200 francs
The Virgin Mary (her death), gold and silk thread. 600 crowns
The Passion of Christ, gold and silk thread 250 francs
The Resurrection of the Lord, gold thread  
Heroes: Ancient and Medieval    
  Emperor Alexander 900 francs
King Arthur (four tapestries)  
Auberi le Bourgoin, conqueror of the king of Frisia, fine Arras thread, lot of five tapestries, 14.7 X 3.5 meters 1,200 francs
Battle of the Thirty 120 francs
Bégon (who conquered the daughter of the king of Lorraine), 14.7 X 3.5 meters 100 francs
The Deeds of Bertrand du Guesclin, formerly Constable of France, Cyprus gold thread 800 francs
Bertrand du Guesclin, lot of six tapestries 4.9 X 2.45 meters 700 francs
Bertrand du Guesclin, lot of five tapestries 849 francs
Charlemagne, lot of five tapestries, 16.8 X 3.65 meters, gold thread 849 francs
The Count of Sancerre  
Doon de Mayence (four Tapestries)  
Doon de la Roche, gold thread 600 francs
The Emperor of Greece and the King of Frisia ("who fought against each other"), lot of five tapestries. 11.9 X 3.15 meters 1,200 francs
Florence de Rome ,gold thread, five tapestries.  
Frotmont de Bordeaux, large tapestry 365 francs 10 Parisian sols
Girart, son of the king of Frisia ("how he bid farewell to his mother and sister and went ot seek adventures of which he found enough that were to his credit"), lot of five tapestries, 12.6 X 3.5 meters 1,200 francs
Godefroy de Bouillon, gold thread, lot of six, 14 X 3.5 meters 700 francs
Guillaume de Bomercy (his story), gold thread.  
Guillaume d'Orenge 100 francs
Harpin de Bourges, gold thread  
Hector of Troy  
Hector of Troy, Cyprus gold thread 200 francs
Jason ("how he conquered the golden fleece"), two tapestries 1,125 francs
Jourdain de Blaye, gold thread, lot of two tapestries 2,520 francs
Lion de Bourges, fine Arras thread and Cyprus gold thread, 105 square meters 1,000 francs
Mahomet, fine Cyprus gold thread, 32.2 X 4.2 meters 1,200 francs
Mainet (two tapestries) gold thread  
The Mirror of Rome, four tapestries  
Octavian of Rome  
The King and Twelve Peers of France, Cyprus thread 2,500 francs
The King and Twelve Peers of France, fine Cyprus gold thread and silk, 109.23 square meters 600 gold crowns
The King of Frisia, 14 X 3.5 square meters, Arras thread. 140 francs
The Battle of Rosebecque, three tapestries, Cyprus gold and silver threads, 39.2 X 4.9 meters 2,600 francs
Semiramis of Babylon (her story), Cyprus gold thread.  
Thamar the Pious  
Romance & Allegorical    
  Two Lovers 50 francs
The Heritage Castle (allegory), lot of five tapestries, gold thread, 12.6 X 3.67 meters 849 francs
Knights and ladies 160 francs
A Lady Between Two Lovers  
Ladies, fine Arras thread, lot of five tapestries, 8.4 X 0.7 1,200 francs
"Dévorements d'amants et d'enfants (Lovers and children cavorting?), gold thread  
God of love, said to be the god of the Shepherds  
The Ten Knights and Nine Ladies, fine Arras thread and fine Cyprus gold and silver threads, 24 X 4.8 meters 2,600 francs
The Ten Wishes (three tapestries), Cyprus gold and silver threads, 84.7 square meters 400 francs
Fame (allegory) three tapestries, fine Arras thread and Cyprus gold thread, 158.4 suare meters 3,000 gold crowns
The don of a King of Cyprus ( "how he went to seek adventures") fine Arras thread and gold thread 320 francs
"Gifts" of Knights and Ladies, lot of six tapestries, gold thread, 11.2 X 3.85 meters 700 francs
The Nine Ladies, fine Arras thread and Cyprus gold and silver threads, 117.6 square meters  
The Nine Knights and Nine Ladies, gold thread.  
Perceval of Wales, gold thread, lot of five tapestries, 11.2 X 3.5 meters 849 francs
The Golden Apple, gold thread, lot of two tapestries 2,520 francs
The Queen of Ireland or Iceland, six tapestries  
"Le Roman de la Rose" Cyprus gold thread 1,000 francs
The Seven Arts of Science 100 francs
The Seven Wise Men, Cyprus gold thread, lot of two tapestries 2,100 gold crowns
The Seven Virtues and the Seven Vices, fine Arras thread and Cyprus gold thread, 93.6 square meters 2,700 francs
The Seven Virtues and the Seven Vices, gold thread  
The Orchard of Nature (allegory) 28 gold francs
The Orchard of Sustenance (allegory)  
Yseult and Jacob, gold thread, lot of five tapestries, 14 X 3.5 meters 849 francs
  Tree, lion and elephant  
Pastoral scenes (two tapestries), gold thread  
Shepherdesses, gold thread  
Shepherdesses, lot of four tapestries, 6.3 X 2.45 meters 1,200 francs
Pastoral scenes (six tapestries)  
Shepherds, lot of six tapestries, gold thread, 9.1 X 3.15 meters 700 francs
Shepherds, lot of six tapestries, 7.7 X 2.8 meters 700 francs
Shepherds and shepherdesses, 12.6X 2.8 meters 120 francs
"Hunting Scene and farcical play."  
Hunting Scenes, 56 square meters, Cyprus gold thread and silver thread 200 francs
The Dance of the Shepherds  
Guy de Roménie (hunting tapestry of) gold thread, lot of three tapestries, 19.6 X 4.55 meters 1,100 francs
The Twelve Months  
Daisies (eight tapestries) 170.45 square meters  


The Battle of Rosebecque On the 28th of November the two armies found
themselves close together at Rosebecque, between Ypres and Courtrai. In the evening Van Artevelde assembled his captains at supper, and, " Comrades," said he, "we shall to-morrow have rough work, for the King of France is here all agog for fighting. But have no fear; we are defending our good right and the liberties of Flanders. The English have not helped us; well, we shall only have the more honor. With the King of France is all the flower of his kingdom. Tell your men to slay all, and show no quarter. We must spare the King of France only; he is a child, and must be pardoned; we will take him away to Ghent, and have him taught Flemish. As for the dukes, counts, barons, and other men-at-arms, slay them all; the commons of France shall not bear us ill will; I am quite sure that they would not have a single one of them back." At the very same moment King Charles VI. was entertaining at supper the princes his uncles, the Count of Flanders, the constable, Oliver de Clisson, the marshals, &c. They were arranging the order of battle for the morrow. Many folks blamed the Duke of Burgundy for having brought so young a king, the hope of the realm, into the perils of war. It was resolved to confide the care of him to the constable de Clisson, whilst conferring upon Sire de Coucy, for that day only, the command of the army. "Most dear lord," said the constable to the king, "I know that there is no greater honor than to have the care of your person; but it would be great grief to my comrades not to have me with them. I say not that they could not do without me; but for a fortnight now I have been getting everything ready for bringing most honor to you and yours. They would be much surprised if I should now withdraw." The king was somewhat embarrassed. " Constable," said he, "I would fain have you in my company to-day; you know well that my lord my father loved you and trusted you more than any other; in the name of God and St. Denis do whatever you think best. You have a clearer insight into the matter than I and those who have advised me. Only attend my mass to-morrow." The battle began with spirit the next morning, in the midst of a thick fog. According to the monk of St. Denis, Van Artevelde was not without disquietude. He had bidden one of his people go and observe the French army; and, "You bring me bad news," said he to the man in a whisper, "when you tell me there are so many French with the king: I was far from expecting it. . . . This is a hard war; it requires discreet management. I think the best thing for me is to go and hurry up ten thousand of our comrades who are due." "Why leave thy host without a head?" said they who were about him: "it was to obey thy orders that we engaged in this enterprise; thou must run the risks of battle with us." The French were more confident than Van Artevelde. "Sir," said the constable, addressing the king, cap in hand," be of good cheer; these fellows are ours; our very varlets might beat them." These words were far too presumptuous; for the Flemings fought with great bravery. Drawn up in a compact body, they drove back for a moment the French who were opposed to them; but Clisson had made everything ready for hemming them in; attacked on all sides they tried, but in vain, to fly; a few, with difficulty, succeeded in escaping and casting, as they went, into the neighboring swamps the banner of St. George. "It is not easy," says the monk of St. Denis, "to set down with any certainty the number of the dead; those who were present on this day, and I am disposed to follow their account, say that twenty-five thousand Flemings fell on the field, together with their leader, Van Artevelde, the concoctor of this rebellion, whose corpse, discovered with great trouble amongst a heap of slain, was, by order of Charles VI., hung upon a tree in the neighborhood. The French also lost in this struggle some noble knights, not less illustrious by birth than valor, amongst others forty-four valiant men who, being the first to hurl themselves upon the ranks of the enemy to break them, thus won for themselves great glory."
The victory of Rosebecque was a great cause for satisfaction and pride to Charles VI. and his uncle, the Duke of Burgundy. They had conquered on the field in Flanders the commonalty of Paris as well as that of Ghent....source
The King and Twelve Peers of France (In France, where the Peerage (again with only twelve members, but this time divided equally between the laity and the church) was founded in 1179 (at the coronation of Philip Augustus), the first peers were the Dukes of Burgundy, of Normandy (then the King of England), and of Guyenne (then the English King's brother), the Counts of Champagne, of Flanders, and of Alsace, the Archbishop Duke of Reims, the Bishop Dukes of Laon and of Langres, and the Bishop Counts of Beauvais, of Chalons and of Noyon. -source
The Battle of the Thirty (Combat of the Thirty, March 27, 1351) Desultory war in Brittany continued, including notable incidents of chivalry such as the Battle of the Thirty in 1351 during which 30 French knights from Chateau Josselin called out and defeated 30 English knights. In keeping with tradition, the French ransomed many of the defeated English, including knights such as Knollys (Canolles) and Cavely who would continue to fight against France more successfully. Wikpedia article on the Hundred Years War
Bertrand du Guesclin c.1320-80, constable of France (1370-80), greatest French soldier of his time. A Breton, he initially served Charles of Blois in the War of the Breton Succession . Charles was supported by the French crown, while his rival was allied with England. In 1356-57, Du Guesclin held Rennes against English attack. Entering the service of King Charles V of France on Charles's accession (1364), he won the brilliant victory of Cocherel over the forces of King Charles II of Navarre. The victory forced Charles II into a new peace with the French king. Du Guesclin was captured in the same year at Auray by English forces under Sir John Chandos. Ransomed by Charles V, who placed him at the head of the “free companies,” the marauding soldiers who pillaged France after the Treaty of Brétigny between France and England, De Guesclin was sent to Spain to aid Henry of Trastamara (later Henry II of Castile) against Peter the Cruel . Du Guesclin, though successful in the campaign of 1366, was defeated and captured (1367) by Peter and Edward the Black Prince at Nájera. In 1369, however, he and Henry won the battle of Montiel, gaining for Henry the throne of Castile. Warfare with England was renewed in 1369, and Du Guesclin reconquered Poitou and Saintonge and pursued (1370-74) the English into Brittany. He disapproved of the confiscation (1378) of Brittany by Charles V, and his campaign to make the duchy submit to the king was halfhearted. An able tactician and a loyal and disciplined warrior, Du Guesclin had reconquered much of France from the English when he died while on a military expedition in Languedoc.
Bibliography: See biographies by D. F. Jamison (1864), E. V. Stoddard (1897), and R. Vercel (tr. 1934). Source: Columbia Encyclopedia
Charlemagne Legends Article from the Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Doon de Mayence a hero of romance, who gives his name to the third cycle of the Charlemagne romances, those dealing with the feudal revolts. Source: 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica
Lion de Bourges Lion de Bourges at the Chanson de geste web site. Lion de Bourges is a a thirteenth century chanson de geste and part of the Carolingian cycle. Herpin of Bourges, a fictional duke, fled to Italy. There he had a child who he was forced to leave with a lioness to be raised. The young Lion married the daughter of the King of Sicily. He returns to Bourges where he is accepted as the heir to Herpin.
Jourdain de Blaye Jourdain de Blaye at the Chanson de geste web site.
Hector Hector was the eldest son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. He was married to Andromache. Hector was the most renowned Trojan warrior. He was the Trojan counterpart to Achilles. The Greek champion killed Hector which led to the final defeat of Troy. Hector was especially popular as a character in Late Medieval French literature. He was the model chevalier and prince. Christine de Pizan's Epistre Othéa has the goddess Othea address her epistle to Hector.
Godefroy de Bouillon Godefroy believed to be a descendent of Charlemagne was born in 1060. He was one of the first to respond to Pope Urban II call in 1095 for athe First Crusade. He participated in the taking of Jerusalem in 1099. He was offered the kingship of Jerusalem , but he refused saying that only Christ is qualified for this title. See article on Godefroy in Wikipédia



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