A book of family reading and allegiance

A book of family reading and allegiance

Various authors

mid-15th century

England

Manuscript

A prosperous gentry family with interests in Yorkshire and East Anglia, the Hoptons, owned this book; it was probably commissioned either by William Hopton (d. 1484), or his son George (d. 1489). Elaborate coats of arms signal the family’s connections and political allegiances through blood and marriage. The texts provide instructive reading in history, advice for young men, and ethical behaviour, as with the romance Ponthus and Sidoine, a reworking of the Horn story translated here from a French prose version.

Comments

26/01/2012

James Tester

A prosperous gentry family with interests in Yorkshire and East Anglia - excellent

Ivory panels with romance scenes
Ivory panels with romance scenes
A book of family reading and allegiance
A book of family reading and allegiance
Sloth's favourite stories
Sloth's favourite stories
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The God of Love on campaign
The eagle and child and the Stanley family
The eagle and child and the Stanley family
Chaucer's <em>Canterbury Tales</em>
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
A lover's confession
A lover's confession
Moralizing a romance story
Moralizing a romance story
The Wife of Bath and her Tale
The Wife of Bath and her Tale
Romance scenes in a psalter
Romance scenes in a psalter