A common feature of these lavishly illustrated Froissarts is to claim authenticity, as this opening page does, through reference to manuscript originals. Compare the drawing of the battle of Crecy, below, with its original, an illumination from Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS 2643. Click the small image to go to a larger version, and while you are there, have a look at other illustrations from this manuscript, all part of the online exhibition The Age of King Charles V.
William Smith, the publisher of this edition, also produced Illuminated Illustrations of Froissart in 1844, intended to be bound with the reissue of the 1839 edition pictured here. The illustrations were colour plates based on manuscripts in London and Paris.
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