I've just finished reading talking book no TB005110 (RNIB Catalogue) titled year of Three Kings - 1483 by Giles St Aubyn. While dealing extensively with Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III this book also covers Henry VI and Henry VII . It lasts about 8 hours and is well read and though a concentrated 'read', explains much about the interpretation of some of the characters in the 15th century. St Aubyn refers to both the Cotton collection and the Harley collection of manuscripts in the British Library.
I have bought the following books from the internet fairly cheaply. They provide large illustrations and are useful as they are easier a sighted person to describe than the alternative - reading from a computer screen - :
Illuminated Manuscripts of Germany and Central Europ in the J Paul Getty Museum by Thomas Kren
The Illuminated Manuscript by Janet Backhouse
Illuminated Manuscripts by D.M.Gill
Masterpieces of the J.Paul Getty Museum: Illuminated Manuscripts
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Page 248 – Wheel of Fortune (f 30v)
A common theme is the instruction for a king giving advice that Fortune can be good and bad. “The emblem of a king poised at the apex of Fortune’s wheel was a traditional reminder of the vagaries of power.”(p249)
(Giovanni Boccaccio, De mulieribus claris, in an anonymous French translation)
see also blog post on the Wallace Collection and illuminated manuscripts on:
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British Library: http://www.bl.uk//whatson/exhibitions/royalman/about/index.html
I had been wanting to visit this exhibition at the British Library for some time. This blog had mentioned the exhibition and a TV series with Janina Ramirez. My blog on the Wallace Collection of illuminated manuscripts covered a description which had been made in conjunction with a workshop. I was hooked though this exhibition was a big request to make of some friends in explaining some of the many objects.