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By Kathleen Maxwell

this can be a learn of the inventive and political context that ended in the construction of a really remarkable Byzantine illustrated manuscript. Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, codex grec fifty four is among the so much formidable and complicated manuscripts produced in the course of the Byzantine period. This thirteenth-century Greek and Latin Gospel e-book beneficial properties full-page evangelist pics, an intensive narrative cycle, and detailed polychromatic texts. notwithstanding, it hasn't ever been the topic of a entire examine and the conditions of its fee are unknown. during this publication Kathleen Maxwell addresses the next questions: what conditions resulted in the production of Paris fifty four? Who commissioned it and for what function? How was once a deluxe manuscript reminiscent of this produced? Why was once it left unfinished? How does it relate to different Byzantine illustrated Gospel books? Paris 54's techniques are a testomony to the intense conditions of its fee. Maxwell's multi-disciplinary technique contains codicological and paleographical proof including New testomony textual feedback, inventive and historic research. She concludes that Paris fifty four was once by no means meant to repeat the other manuscript. really, it used to be designed to eclipse its contemporaries and to bodily embrace a brand new dating among Constantinople and the Latin West, as anticipated by means of its shopper. research of Paris 54's texts and miniature cycle shows that it used to be created on the behest of a Byzantine emperor as a present to a pope, along side imperial efforts to unify the Latin and Orthodox church buildings. As such, Paris fifty four is a distinct witness to early Palaeologan makes an attempt to accomplish church union with Rome.

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