Primer of Claude of France

Fibel der Claude von FrankreichL'Abécédaire de Claude de France

Language: Latin

Collection: Fitzwilliam Museum

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The Primer of Claude of France was the first book owned by the French princess Claude of France, eldest daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany. Commissioned by Anne for Claude and produced in c. 1505, it is a rare surviving example of a manuscript designed for a medieval child. The book measures 26 cm by 17.5 cm, and its 14 pages contain the text of the Book of Hours shortened and simplified as an elementary reading book or primer, along with two full-page miniature paintings – the first showing Claude kneeling before her patron saint Claudius of Besançon, with Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary in the right background, the second showing St Claudius presenting Claude to Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary – and 37 smaller miniatures. (continued on English Wikipedia)
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