Treaty of Marriage

Probably French, 1527. Illuminated document arranging a marriage between eleven-year-old Mary Tudor (later Mary I) to the eight-year-old Duc de Orleans. Once again, illumination consists primarily of heraldic motifs and floral filler. The capital "F" of "Franciscus" (the first line starts "Franciscus dei gratia francorum...") is interesting; a bit difficult to see in the scan, the "F" is actually a green lizard-like creature, one of the heraldic badges used by Francis. The calligraphy is a very consistant bastarda throughout, with the first line and more important words written in a slightly larger hand. Text in Latin.


Appears in Mary I by Rosilind Marshall, HMSO, London, 1993.

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