Alison Stones

Studies in Arthurian Illustration Vol I

Cloth bound

24 x 17 cm
660 pp. 340 illus.
Publication: August 2018
ISBN 978 1 904597 37 7



Book Description

Alison Stones has taught History of Art and Architecture in the USA since 1969 and has enjoyed Visiting Fellowships at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Paris. She is a specialist in illuminated manuscripts, co-authoring Les Manuscrits de Chrétien de Troyes (1993), The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela, A Critical Edition (1998), and writing Le Livre d’images de Madame Marie (Paris, BNF 16251) (1997), and Gautier de Coinci, Miracles, Music and Manuscripts (2006). Her four-volume study, Manuscripts Illuminated in France, Gothic Manuscripts 1260–1320 was published in 2013 and 2014. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Correspondant étranger honoraire of the Société nationale des Antiquaires de France and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

These two volumes collect and update Professor Stones’s papers on Arthurian manuscript illustration, one of her continuing passions. These essays explore aspects of the iconography of the romances of Chrétien de Troyes in French verse, the lengthy Lancelot-Grail romance in French prose, and other versions of the chivalrous exploits of King Arthur’s knights — the best-sellers of the Middle Ages. Illustrated copies of these romances survive in huge numbers from the early thirteenth century through the beginnings of print, and were read for their text and their pictures throughout the French-speaking world. Of special interest is the cultural context in which these popular works were made and disseminated, by scribes and artists whose work encompassed all kinds of books, for patrons whose collecting was wide-ranging, including secular books alongside works of liturgical and devotional interest.


  • Introduction & Survey of the field
  • Approaches to French secular illustration
  • Secular Manuscript Illumination in France
  • Sacred and Profane Art: Secular and Liturgical Book Illumination in the Thirteenth Century Arthurian Art since Loomis
  • Indications écrites et modèles picturaux, guides aux peintres de manuscrits enluminés aux environs de 1300
  • Fabrication et illustration des manuscrits arthuriens
  • The Lancelot-Grail Romance: methods and subjects
  • Teaching and Research on the Web: Three Sites
  • Towards a Comparative Approach to Manuscript Study on the Web: the Case of the Lancelot-Grail Romance
  • Stories in pictures and their transmission: a comparative approach to the manuscripts of the Lancelot-Grail romance
  • ‘Mise en page’ in the French Lancelot-Grail: the First Hundred and Fifty Years of the Illustrative Tradition
  • Another Short Note on Rylands French 1
  • Short Note on MSS Rylands French 1 and Douce 215
  • Les débuts de l’héraldique dans l’illustration des romans arthuriens
  • Lancelot and Identity
  • Note on the Heraldry of a Very Special Gauvain
  • Estoire and Queste illustration
  • The Earliest Illustrated Prose Lancelot Manuscript ?
  • Two French Manuscripts: WLC/LM/6 and WLC/LM/7
  • Un schéma d’emplacement pour l’illustration de l’Estoire del saint Graal et les débuts de la tradition manuscrite
  • Seeing the Grail
  • The Grail in Rylands French 1 and its Sister Manuscripts
  • Signs and Symbols in the Estoire del saint Graal and the Queste del saint Graal
  • The Illustrations of the Queste del saint Graal in Yale 229 and other Queste manuscripts
  • The Illustrations in BN fr 95 and Yale 229, Prolegomena to a Comparative Study

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Volume II

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