Manuscript chronology of the kings and emperors of France from Hugues Capet to the
Franco-Prussian war of 1870, made by Marie Dubois, a student at the Beaulon boarding school in 1875.
Beaulon (Allier, central France), 1875.
Folio, (45) leaves in black ink, inscribed on one side only, except for the timeline leaf at the beginning. Contemporary red cloth, boards framed with single gilt fillet and roll.
A fine historical manuscript written in an elegant calligraphic hand and beautifully decorated.
The name of the author and the date of completion appear on the first page. The kings of the first and second races from Pharamond to Louis V are briefly listed in a timeline at the beginning of the manuscript. The forty-three following leaves are dedicated to the kings and emperors of France from Hugues Capet to the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, including three leaves for Louis XIV’s reign. Marie Dubois also mentioned a few historical landmarks in the history of France : the Revolution, the Directory / Consulate, and the war of 1870.
Each leaf is framed with a double ink fillet. The text of the notices, written in a fine hand, is inserted in large ornamental medallions, each of them differently adorned with great creativity.
The Beaulon boarding school for girls, managed by the sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon, was founded in 1834. It accommodated up to 45 interns until if was forced to close in 1903.