|Country of Location:||
Country of LocationSwitzerland
|Library / Collection:||
Library / CollectionFondation Martin Bodmer
ShelfmarkCod. Bodmer 40
Manuscript TitleJean Bodel, Chanson de Saisnes
CaptionParchment · II + 122 + II ff. · 17.6 x 12.4 cm · France · end of the 13th century
Manuscript SummaryJean Bodel, who was a member of the Brotherhood of Buskers and a bourgeois (middle-class resident) of Arras, wrote his Chanson des Saisnes (Song of the Saxons) during the last third of the 12th century. This epic in Alexandrine verse tells of the war prosecuted by Charlemagne against the Saxon King Guiteclin. The Chanson exists today in three manuscripts (a fourth was completely destroyed in the fire at the library of Turin) which present different versions of the text. The long version held by the Fondation Martin Bodmer is in a small-format manuscrit de jongleur or performer's script. It was probably produced around the end of the 13th century and is a simple piece of work, without miniatures, written on parchment, much of which was poorly cut, and it is roughly sewn together.
Standard descriptionVielliard Françoise, Manuscrits Français du Moyen Âge, Cologny-Genève, 1975, pp. 32-34.
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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier):||
DOI (Digital Object Identifier10.5076/e-codices-cb-0040 (http://dx.doi.org/10.5076/e-codices-cb-0040)
|IIIF Manifest URL:||
IIIF Manifest URLhttp://e-codices.unifr.ch/metadata/iiif/fmb-cb-0040/manifest.json
|How to quote:||
How to quoteCologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 40: Jean Bodel, Chanson de Saisnes (http://e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fmb/cb-0040).
DecorationInitial, Ornamental, Penwork
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