Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Album Christine De Pizan

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Album Christine De Pizan

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Gilbert Ouy, Christine Reno, and Inès Villela-Petit, avec Olivier Delsaux & Tania Van Hemelryck (éditeurs et collaborateurs), et avec les conseils de James Laidlaw & Marie-Thérèse Gousset, Album Christine de Pizan, Texte, Codex & Contexte XIV (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012). 800 pp.; 5 3 colour plates. ISBN 978-2-503-54315-4. euro110.00.

On the front cover of this impressive volume, a delicately coloured illumination (Brussels, KBR, 10982, fol. ir) shows Christine de Pizan seated in her study, gesturing toward a manuscript open before her on a table, with three other bound volumes piled to the right. The manuscript rests on a cushion, with precise rulings and writing visible on the exposed folios. Christine's concentrated focus on the book, along with her active gesture, make an otherwise static scene crackle with energy. What better 'entrée en matière' for a book about the manuscripts dating from Christine de Pizan's lifetime that preserve her works?

The main scholars behind this work are the late Gilbert Ouy, Christine Reno, and Inès Villela-Pctit. As a team, they have brought vast erudition and decades of combined codicological and palaeographic experience to the description of Christine de Pizan's manuscripts. The result is a reference tool containing a wealth of detail on this highly significant corpus. Following a guide to the organization of manuscript entries, transcription conventions, and symbols used, Ouy and Reno present a history of codicology in Christine studies and a detailed analysis of the three principal hands they identify in these fifty-four manuscripts, labelled here, as in their earlier work, as P, K, and X. Each of these 'escripvains' also has a distinguishable cursive (P\ R\ and X*), responsible for corrections and other interventions in the texts. As Christine scholars know, Ouy and Reno contend that the X and X' hands are Christine's autograph and the predominant and controlling presence in the manuscripts. Flands X and X' correct P and R, improvise as author, and give directions for running titles, rubrication, and placement of miniatures as 'régisseur des opérations' (p. 37). While Ouy and Reno recognize that not all scholars in the field agree (see p. …

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