Psalter and Hours of Bonne de Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy, before 1349
Probably Jean Le Noir, his daughter Bourgot, and his workshop
Tempera, grisaille, ink, and gold leaf on vellum; 4 5/16 x 3 9/16 in. (12.5 x 9.1 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1969 (69.86)
Illuminated in Paris, this manuscript was made for Bonne of Luxembourg, a Bohemian princess who married John, duke of Normandy and later king of France, known as John the Good. Her arms, Luxembourg impaled with Valois, appear throughout the manuscript in the lower borders. The style, influenced by Jean Pucelle, indicates a date toward the middle of the century, prior to the death of Bonne from plague in 1349. Because of her premature death, Bonne was never queen, but she was the mother of Charles V of France and his brothers, including Jean, duc de Berry. Thus Charles IV of Bohemia was the uncle of Charles V of France, with whom he maintained close ties.