List of Figures

Figure 1. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise frontispiece (fol. 309, A149).

Figure 2. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. First folio of the Index (fol. Av).

Figure 3. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Rubric above the Index: “Vesci l’ordenance que G. de Machau wet qu’il ait en son livre” (Here is the order G. de Machaut wants his book to have.), (fol. Av, det.).

Figure 4. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lyon, the lover (fol. 80v, A25, det.).

Figure 5. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Remede, a teacher (fol. 49v, A13).

Figure 6. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lovers embracing in a historiated initial at the head of the Ballades (fol. 454, A154, det.).

Figure 7. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, Lady Fortune (fol. 297, A147, det.).

Figure 8. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, peacock in right margin (fol. 309, det.).

Figure 9. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, historiated initial with old man (fol. 309, det.).

Figure 10. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Mass, historiated initial with a bishop (fol. 449v).

Figure 11. Mass, historiated initial with a king (fol. 449v).

Figure 12. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lays, historiated initial with a man and woman (fol. 367, A152, det.).

Figure 13. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lays, historiated initial with a man and woman (fol. 367, A152, det.).

Figure 14. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue, Machaut in his study (fol. D, A1).

Figure 15. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, Lady Fortune (fol. 297, A147, det.).

Figure 16. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Dit de la rose, the lover picks a rose (fol. 367v, A150).

Figure 17. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, opening image with Guillaume seated on pillows outdoors about to receive a letter from a messeger (fol. 221, A119).

Figure 18. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Vergier, the lover enters a garden (fol. 1, A4, det.).

Figure 19. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Behaingne, the lover in a garden (fol. 9c, A8, det.).

Figure 20. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lyon, the lover stands before a river (fol. 80v, A25, det.).

Figure 21. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, the portrait of the beloved (fol. 235v, A125, det.).

Figure 22. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, Venus creates a perfumed cloud for the lovers in bed (fol. 255, A130, det.).

Figure 23. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, the five virgins (fol. 301v, A148, det.).

Figure 24. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lyon, knights on horseback discover a dead body (fol. 90, A40).

Figure 25. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Alerion, a nobleman on horseback with a hunting bird alighting on or taking flight from a leather gaunt (fol. 96v, A51 det.).

Figure 26. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, a hybrid hunter prepares to shoot an arrow at a monkey who bares his ass (fol. 245, A128, upper margin, det.).

Figure 27. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lay, dragon in a historiated initial ‘L’ (fol. 461v).

Figure 28. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lay, fox serving mass in a historiated initial ‘T’ (fol. 450, det.).

Figure 29. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Virelai, ape churning butter in a historiated initial ‘D’ (fol. 485v, det.).

Figure 30. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Ballade, nude man in a historiated initial ‘Q’ (fol. 472v, det.).

Figure 31. BnF fr. 1584: Ballade, with lovers embracing in a historiated initial ‘S’ (fol. 454, A154, det.);

Figure 32. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Lay, courtly love scene in a historiated initial ‘L’ (fol. 367, A152, det.).

Figure 33. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Frontispiece, Prise, double-column miniature of Lusignan’s men storming a Saracen castle (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 34. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, a Saracen wielding a lance (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 35. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, ‘Crusader heraldry’ (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 36. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, one of Lusignan’s men disembarks on a ladder into shallow water with fish (fol. 309, A149, det.);

Figure 37. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, Pierre de Lusignan, wearing armor and a crown, wields a hatchet (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 38. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, Lusignan’s knight sets fire to the castle door; the portcullis half open (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 39. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, coral background with orange, feathery rinceaux (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 40. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, foliate spray from bar extender with leaves painted in blue, red, and green (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 41. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, foliate spray from two-line initial with leaves painted in grisaille (fol. 310).

Figure 42. BnF, ms. fr. 15397. Bible of Jean de Sy, An angel speaks with Abraham (fol. 35, det.).

Figure 43. BnF, ms. fr. 15397. Bible of Jean de Sy. Lot drinking (fol. 30, det.).

Figure 44. BnF, ms. fr. 15397. Bible of Jean de Sy. Lot’s daughter inebriates her father and then she and her sister sleep with him to conceive (fol. 30, bas de page, det.).

Figure 45. BnF, ms. fr. 22912. French translation of Augustine’s Cité de Dieu (fol. 384).

Figure 46. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue, Nature presents her children to Machaut (fol. E, A2).

Figure 47. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue (fol. Ev).

Figure 48. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue, Love presents his children to Machaut (fol. D, A1).

Figure 49. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue (fol. Dv).

Figure 50. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue, author portrait (fol. Fv, A3).

Figure 51. BnF, ms fr. 122. Lancelot du lac, four men conversing, each wearing a cote hardy (fol. 137v).

Figure 52. BnF MS C. Remède, three men, two fashionably dressed in pourpoints (fol. 51, C36, det.).

Figure 53. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prologue, Love with Dous Penser, who wears a later version of the pourpoint, known as a houpelande (fol. D, A1, det.).

Figure 54. BnF, ms. fr. 22545-22546. Behaingne, a knight wearing a bastard-length houpelande with bombard sleeves (fol. 9v, F10, det.).

Figure 55. BnF, ms. fr. 22545-22546. Fonteinne, the lover, wearing a full-length houpelande (fol. 128, F79, det.).

Figure 56. BnF, MS E. Lyon, the lion leads Machaut by his robe, a buttoned houpelande (fol. 61v, E14, det.).

Figure 57. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, inscription in Latin in the bas-de-page (fol. 301v).

Figure 58. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Voir dit, bas-de-page with lion and a sketch of a lion’s head (fol. 227, det.).

Figure 59. BnF, ms. fr. 1584. Prise, bas-de-page with two lions and a butterfly (fol. 309, A149, det.).

Figure 60. BnF, ms. fr. 22545-22546 Prologue, double-column miniature of Nature and her children (fol. 1, F1, det.).

Figure 61. BnF, ms. fr. 22545-22546. Prologue, three miniatures of Machaut speaking: to Nature; to Love and his children; and to Love (fol. 1v: miniatures: 1c, F2; 2c, F3; 1d, F4).

Figure 62. BnF, MS E. Prologue, at left Nature and her children, with Machaut kneeling; at right Love and his children, with Machaut kneeling. (fol. 1, E1, det.)

Figure 63. BnF, MS E. Prologue, Love and his children, with Machaut kneeling (fol. 1, E1, det.).


Fortune's Child

Out now on the Hyperion websiteFortune's Child is the most recent recording of Machaut's works from the Orlando Consort. As Fabrice Fitch of Gramophone notes, "five volumes in, Hyperion’s Machaut series shows no sign of running out of puff." Complimenting their performance, Fitch says "the Orlandos project and enunciate Machaut’s French so well that one rarely reaches for the printed text" and he is particularly impressed by Angus Smith's interpretation of 'Dou mal qui m'a longuement'. He further remarks, "as with previous volumes, the programming of this series is deeply impressive."

A Burning Heart

CD Cover Image for "Machaut: A Burning Heart" by the Orlando Consort

Available now from the Hyperion website, the Orlando Consort's latest CD, A Burning Heart, is already receiving critical acclaim. Blair Sanderson, writing for, describes the Consort's singing as "wonderfully evocative and full of medieval atmosphere." While Brian Wilson, for MusicWeb International, declares: "I doubt...if either Chaucer or Chrétien could have imagined anything better than the singing on this and the other Orlando Consort Machaut recordings."


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The Complete Poetry and Music of Guillaume de Machaut Volume 1 is out now!!!!

Volume 1: The Debate Poems is now available in print.

You can also enjoy the entire volume online via the Middle English Texts Website.

Edited and translated by R. Barton Palmer, with art historical commentary by Domenic Leo, and musical commentary by Uri Smilansky, the volume contains  Le Jugement dou Roy de Behaigne, Le Jugement dou Roy de Navarre, and Le Lay de Plour.




The Dart of Love

Available now from the Hyperion website, The Dart of Love is second in a series of recordings by the Orlando Consort of Machaut's music. It has already received critical acclaim:

The Orlando Consort perform these works with matchless purity of tone and clarity of diction. (Limelight, Australia)

The programme is nicely varied in mood and scoring, ranging from four-voice ballades and motets to a single-voice virelai, and every combination in between … a thoughtful essay by Anne Stone makes audible sense of the many connections between the pieces on this valuable, impressive recording. (Gramophone)

The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript

Full colour facsimile with introductory study by Lawrence Earp, Domenic Leo and Carla Shapreau. Preface by Christopher de Hamel

"It is a vast manuscript of royal luxury, 390 leaves of parchment, 314 mm. by 220 mm., illustrated with 118 enchanting miniatures by a workshop of court illuminators led by the Master of the Bible of Jean de Sy.They include pictures of gothic chivalry and romance, with mythology and natural history. Music is included on 235 pages of the manuscript, with almost the entire corpus of the ballades, lais and motets of Machaut, as well as his great polyphonic setting of the Mass, the four-part Messe de Nostre-Dame.The manuscript has never before been photographed in its entirety or reproduced in colour."

"Vol. 1 introductory study (225 pages colour/mono), vol. 2 facsimile (789 full colour pages) on 150gsm matt art paper. Full size reproduction, hard bound in buckram, presented in hard slipcover."

Available now from DIAMM Publications.

The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut by Yolanda Plumley

Available now from Oxford University Press

"Presents the first detailed exploration of citational practices in the song-writing tradition of fourteenth-century France. The first monograph-length study on the Ars nova chanson with new evidence about the emergence of the new polyphonic chanson. Provides new evidence about the circle of poets and composers who engaged with Machaut and created a new style of poetry and song. Explores little studied collections of lyrics and songs of the period and provides fresh insights and perspectives on Machaut's works."



New Voir Dit CD

Available now from the Hyperion website.

This new CD from the acclaimed Orlando Consort showcases songs from Machaut's Livre dou Voir Dit (‘Book of the True Tale’). The recording was inspired by collaborative work between our project team and the Orlando Consort who have been trialling the new edition being produced. You can watch a video of the consort discussing their recording on YouTube.

It has already received critical acclaim: David Fallows for Gramophone writes:

To my ears, this is a dream team, with the enormously experienced Donald Greig and Angus Smith alongside ...Matthew Venner and Mark Dobell, who display the most magnificent articulation of the texts alongside the understanding of the lines gained from their senior colleagues...always dead in tune, always beautifully balanced...the unforgettable track here is Angus Smith performing the 'Lay de Bon Esperance', over 20 minutes of unaccompanied solo singing...He's terrific.