Queen Elizabeth's Tapestries

Susan Groag Bell

in The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520234109
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928787 | DOI:
Queen Elizabeth's Tapestries

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The Book of the City of Ladies tapestries housed in the Lady Elizabeth's garderobe in 1547 were not the only form in which Christine de Pizan's works existed in early Renaissance England. A number of Pizan's manuscripts had been in England during the century before Elizabeth's birth. These included a magnificent manuscript of de Pizan's military treatise presented as a wedding gift to Margaret of Anjou, the queen of Henry VI, in 1445. The English printer William Caxton may have based his 1498 edition of the Book of Fayettes of Armes and of Chyualrye on this manuscript. One of these manuscripts may have belonged to Richard, the third duke of York, who served as lieutenant governor and commander of the English forces in France. This manuscript is particularly significant for being close to the English translation by Bryan Anslay, the Boke of the Cyte of Ladyes, which was printed by Henry Pepwell in 1521.

Keywords: Book of the City of Ladies; tapestries; Lady Elizabeth; garderobe; Christine de Pizan; Renaissance; England; manuscript; William Caxton; Bryan Anslay

Chapter.  4485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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