This manuscript contains the ordinances of the Order of Saint Michael, a French dynastic Order of Chivalry founded by Louis XI of France on 1 August 1469 and abolished after the Revolution of 1830. This is a copy of the document that determined the practices and rules of this royal Order.
Table of contents: the title on f. 1r reads: Table des Chappitres du livre de lordre. Starts on f. 1r and ends on f. 5r.
Preface: starts on f. 5v with the following words: Loys par la grace de Dieu Roy de France. And ends on f. 6r with the following words: et soubz la forme condicion statuz ordonnances et articles cy apres escrips.
Ordinances: start on f. 6r with the following words: Premierement. Avons ordonne et. And end on f. 31r with the following words: Donne en nostre chastel damboise Le premier jour daoust Lan de grace mil cccc soixante neuf et de nostre Regne lei xe.
Additional ordinances: start on f. 31v with the following words: Loys par la grace de Dieu. And end on f. 39r with the following words: Donne au plessis du pare lez tours le xxiie Jour de decembre Lan de grace mil cccc soixante seize et de notrc Regne le seiziesme.
The script is a good example of the characteristic northern French or Flemish hand of the period. The initials are dull gold on dark lake grounds with gold scroll work.
The illumination is northern French or Flemish. The arms of the duke of Orleans appear on the lower margin of f. 1r. On f. 5v there is a complete border of fleurs-de-lys on an azure ground, with the arms of Orleans occurring twice, and also the figure of a knight in armour emerging from his tent, wearing a tunic of azure broidered with fleurs-de-lys and a jewelled ducal coronet, and bearing a sword. This is doubtless meant to represent Louis, Duke of Orleans himself.