Monthly Archives: July 2018

Cleopatra and the line of the kings of Egypt

The beautiful image of Cleopatra as an African queen is probably the best-known detail of L’Abreujamen de las estorias. The image differs strongly from that of her counterpart in the Latin-language illustrated history known as the Compendium (known also as … Continue reading

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The Dominican connection : Bernard Gui

Is this a Franciscan work or a work that involved a Franciscan? One of the many sources of L’Abreujamen de las estorias was a famous visual representation of the kings of France, from a mythical foundation by exiled Trojans to … Continue reading

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The Angevin (dis)connection : Robert of Anjou, King of Naples

Shortly after the creation of L’Abreujamen de las estorias, Paolino Veneto was appointed bishop of Pozzuoli (near Naples) and became a prominent figure at the famous Neapolitan court of Robert of Anjou. He had probably already cultivated Robert’s patronage in … Continue reading

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British Library MS Add. 17920 : the other half of “L’Abreujamen de las estorias”

The rest of the codex produced in Avignon in the early 1320s survives in another manuscript, one that has no illustrations and that also made its way into the British Museum manuscripts collections in the 1840s. It was probably split … Continue reading

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Alexander the Great in “L’Abreujamen de las estorias”

The universal history attributed to Paolino Veneto contains fragments of a late antique work, Pompeius Trogus’s biography of Alexander the Great, as abbreviated by Justin (‘Epitoma historiarum Philippicarum’). This may be one of the earliest examples of a vernacular rendering … Continue reading

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