Auton, Jean d' (1466-1527)
In 1511, the Benedictine Jean d'Auton (around 1466-1528), chronicler at the court of Louis XII, initiated a contest to write fictional letters to the king. For this contest, he wrote the Epistre d'Hector au roy, which was answered, among others, by Jean Lemaire de Belges with his Epistre du roy Loys à Hector. This Geneva manuscript begins with a full-page illustration, executed by an artist named Maître des Entrées, active in Lyon. It depicts Hector presenting a book to a satyr in front of an army of soldiers in armor, some of whom are crowned with the poets' laurel wreath. The numerous references to antiquity, textual as well as visual, are typical for the humanist milieu of Lyon, which included the owner of this manuscript, Jean Sala, half-brother of the famous author and antiquities enthusiast Pierre Sala.
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- Auton, Jean d': Epistre d’Hector au roy Found in: Standard description
- Auton, Jean d': Epistre d’Hector au Roy (ff. 3r-14v)
Incipit: Roy des francois Loys tres chrestien / Prens s’il te plaist ceste epistre et la tien / Et la recoiy quoy quelle soit yssue / De rude main et grossement tissue
Explicit: f. 14v Et en feront histoires et cronicques / Pour publier tes œuvres magnifiques / et te donner ores presente gloire / Et en future eternelle memoire.
- Auton, Jean d' (Author) Found in: Standard description
- Auton, Jean d' (Author) | Bourdichon, Jean (Illuminator) | Lullin, Ami (Former possessor) | Petau, Alexandre (Former possessor) | Sala, Pierre (Former possessor) Found in: Standard description