A few more armorials online (Mandragore database)

The Mandragore database of the Bibliothèque national in Paris (http://mandragore.bnf.fr/jsp/rechercheExperte.jsp) allows one to search images of the BnF’s illuminated manuscripts. Unsurprisingly perhaps, this also brings to light a rather larger number of heraldic images (some 10,000 images are tagged ‘armoiries’) and at least a few armorials: 18 manuscripts in the database have been described as armorials (i.e. have the word ‘armorial’ in the modern title). Here’s a list:

1  Anglais 32
2  Anglais 107
3  Arsenal 4976
4  Arsenal 5024
5  Français 394
6  Français 1435
7  Français 1436 [ff. 1-17]
8  Français 1436 [ff. 18-168]
9  Français 1437
10  Français 1438
11  Français 5939
12  Français 12597
13  Français 14357
14  Français 14653
15  Français 24381
16  Latin 11109
17  Latin 11110
18  Scandinave 5

Also, while not an armorial, René d’Anjou’s famous Livre des tournois is always worth looking at, even if it is only an imcomplete set of pictures in low resolution (sart at http://visualiseur.bnf.fr/CadresFenetre?O=COMP-1&I=1&M=imageseule or search for mss français 2692 and 2695).

Cite the article as: Christof Rolker, "A few more armorials online (Mandragore database)", in: Heraldica nova. Medieval Heraldry in social and cultural-historical perspectives (blog on Hypotheses.org), published: 02/11/2017, Internet: http://heraldica.hypotheses.org/5845.



Christof Rolker

Christof Rolker is a historian interested in the Middle Ages, esp. canon law, kinship, family, sex and gender, and the use of symbolic goods (names, coats of arms etc).

3 Responses

  1. Steen Clemmensen says:

    Thanks for the list, they are always a good start for surveys -and one should go to Gallica for actual verification. In any case 7 of the manuscripts are of knights of the Round Table as published by Michel Pastoureau (BA ms.5024; BnF fr.1435-1438, fr.12597, fr.14357) and fr.24381 is the Le Jouvencel. It could be interesting to look at the remaining ones.

  2. Yes, Mandragore is very old and old-fashioned, and indeed there are (by now) often better scans around – though Gallica has its own problems with metadata, of course. And yes, full manuscripts, and yes, links to individual images but no, no permalinks.
    All in all, I assume and indeed hope that Mandragore will be replaced, but still see it as useful.

  3. Thank you, Christof, for this new blogpost. Does Mandragore also provide persistent links? And do they feature images of the whole manuscript? By the way, I think this database will be replaced, in the long term, by a new system. Mandragore dates back to the time when you had to by high resolution images, thus the low quality. It often is doubled now by Gallica. So, if you find interesting images on Mandragore, it’s worth to check Gallica for better images.

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