La Sainte Abbaye, f. 1v
Original Country
Unknown, though there appears to be two different hands.
Creator Role
Devotional Manuscript
Sorting Title
La Sainte Abbaye

Ideal State of La Sainte Abbaye. In centre, God in mandorla, blessing, and holding an orb, with the Holy Spirit above, and the Paschal Lamb below. Either side, the Virgin and St Peter; and in the corners, the Evangelists' symbols, and seraphs and angels holding rolls. Below; a tower with battlements and elaborate ironwork. On left, Mistress of the Novices with birch rod, and two novices. On right; the abbess and a nun kneel, looking up at the Lamb. For more information, see "> British Library

Creation Date
Style Genre
Medieval Illuminated Manuscript
Work Type
10" x 7 1/4"
Format Medium

Vellum; Painting on vellum

Original Location

Executed in France, Paris or Maubuisson?

Historical Context

The contents of this manuscript include: (1) Treatise without title, beg. "La sainte abbaie et la religion doit estre fondee esperituelment," ends "et einsi sera labbaie ordenee et renformee comme deuant." (2) Treatise on the Love of God. (3) Treatise on the state of the soul. (4) Anonymous translation of the Traetatus de Tribulatione, doubtfully ascribed to Peter of Blois.

Related Work

Originally a part of the volume MS. 28162, which contains La Somme le Roy.


The signature "Jacques" (16th century) appears in the manuscript (ff. 1,6,29,52 as in 28162) but this owner has not been identified. Subsequent owners: "P. Ponin, presbitere," 16th century (MS. 28162, f. 2); "Peyrat," 17th cent. (ibid. ff. 1, 146).

Descriptive Notes

Double columns of 28 lines, gatherings of 8 leaves. There are four full pages of miniatures, the fourth page is attributed to a second artist who appears to have also authored MS. 28162. Information for this page was obtained from MS Ref. 18.B.3 vol. 16, #39843 of the British Museum Manuscript Catalogue.

Current Repository

The British Library,London

Repository Number
Yates Thompson MS. 11, f. 1v
British Library

Reproduced with the permission of the British Library.

June 2003
Image of La Sainte Abbaye, f. 1v.