The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy

Artist: Attributed to Jean Le Noir (French, active 1331–75) , and Workshop

Date: before 1349

Geography: Made in Paris, France

Culture: French

Medium: Tempera, grisaille, ink, and gold on vellum

Dimensions: Overall (closed): 5 3/16 x 3 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (13.2 x 9.7 x 4.2 cm)
Overall (approx. size opened): 5 3/16 x 7 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (13.2 x 19.5 x 7.1 cm)
individual folios: 4 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (12.6 x 9 cm)
Storage (Book Box): 6 5/16 x 5 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (16 x 13.2 x 6.1 cm)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1969

Accession Number: 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.