London, Great Britain, British Library, MS Royal 11 E. xi, All folios

Physical description

Material: parchment

Number of leaves: ii + 17 + ii

Format: upright

Page dimensions: 489 x 360

Quire structure: Text version

Title page / Frontispiece: Full-page allegorical miniature incorporating an elegiac poem in honour of Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty, perhaps composed by Johannes de Opitiis (see Bell and Skinner 2009), incipit: 'Psallite, felices, protecti culmine rose', which also provides text for Sampson motet on ff. 3v-9r; and verses in praise of the royal rose inscribed on a scroll: 'Salve, radix varios producens germine ramos, Quos inter ramus supereminet altior unus', perhaps celebrating the birth of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, in 1516, which also provide text for motet on ff. 2v-3r.
The miniature depicts a crowned Tudor rose in a walled garden symbolising England; daisies in the garden refer to Henry VIII's sister Margaret of Scotland, marigolds to his another sister, Mary of France, and a pomegranate bush is an emblem of his wife, Catherine of Aragon; the garden walls are surmounted by banners with the royal arms of England, St George, and Castile; the garden gateway with a half open portcullis (allusion to the badge of the Beauforts, first adpoted by Henry VII, son of Lady Margaret Beaufort) and a lion lying beneath is flanked by a red dragon and a white greyhound (the usual supporters of the Tudor arms) and inscribed with words 'salve felix Anglia'.

Other devices: 1. Modern Arabic foliation in pencil in upper right corner, 1-17.

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