History by the Month- April

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This is one of two known manuscripts of Jean Galopes, Le livre doré de la vie nostre seigneur Jesu Crist, a life of Christ, made for presentation to Henry V, king of England 1413-22. The English armies had occupied France following the Battle of Agincourt, whose anniversary falls this year (1415), and the manuscript of Galopes was made for King Henry in Paris around 1420. He died in 1422. The book afterwards belonged to Anne, countess of Stafford (1383-1438), and then to her son, Cardinal Bourchier (c. 1411-1486). Henry V had been crowned in Westminster Abbey on Sunday 9 April 1413. [MS 213, folio 1r]

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