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Legacy Library: Jean, Duc de Berry

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CollectionsInventory of 1413 (1), Inventory of 1402 (3), Books of Hours (8), Your library (22), All collections (22)


Tagsbook of hours (8), calendar (4), women (3), inventory of 1402 (3), Office for the Dead (2), Office of the Virgin (2), saints lives (2), biography (2), history (2), philosophy (2) — see all tags

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About meBorn Nov. 30, 1340 in Chateau de Vincennes, France, third son of King Jean le Bon (John II the Good) of France. Brother of Charles V, King of France, and Louis I of Anjou, King of Naples, and of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.

Also known as John of Valois, the Magnificent, first Duke of Berry, Duke of Auvergne, Count of Poitiers and Montpensier.

His first wife was Joanna of Armagnac, by whom he had 3 sons and 2 daughters. His second wife was Jeanne d'Auvergne.

Largely due to his urging, King Charles VI of France, and his sons, were not present at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. He died the following year, in March 15, 1416 in Paris, France.

About my libraryI am famous as a patron of the arts, particularly those of manuscripts.

Sources of information are:
Les Livres d'heures du Duc de Berry by Leopold Delisle (1884)

Jules M. J. Guiffrey, Inventaires de Jean duc de Berry (1401-1416) - 2 vols., (Paris: E. Leroux,1894-96). See

Another source of data is from Ingo Walther, Masterpieces of Illumination (also known as Codices Illustres): The world's most famous illuminated manuscripts 400 to 1600

Most reference books that discuss books of hours in general, or specifically, provide information about those in the Duke's collection. Note that books published in the 1970s and before often do not list the manuscript's current location's accession number.

There are also a remarkable number of sites found via Google that summarize this information in English.


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