Sunday, February 11, 2007
An Early Illustration of Halfswording in Morgan Library MS 804, ca. 1410
In Chaucer’s World, Edith Rickert reproduces an illumination showing halfswording in fol. 128 of Morgan Library, New York, MS 804: a copy of Froissart’s Chronicles attributed to Guillaume de Bailly. In A Mirror of Chaucer’s World, Roger Sherman Loomis dates this manuscript to ca. 1410. Millard Meiss, in The Limbourgs and Their Contemporaries, gives a slighter later estimate. He dates the manuscript to ca. 1412, but ascribes much of the illumination to the Boethius Illuminator, who was most active between approximately 1414 and 1420. Given what is known of his career, the manuscript is more likely to date after 1412 than before.