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MS 160: Les Ordonnances de la Toison d'Or, late 15th century

Identifier: MS 160


This manuscript contains the ordinances of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a Roman Catholic order of chivalry founded in Bruges by Philip the Good in 1430. The Order still exists in Spain and Austria. This is a late medieval copy in French of the document that determined the practices and rules of this royal Order.


Table of contents I: the title on f. 1r reads: Sensuit la table de ce present livre des ordonnances de la thoison dor. Starts on f. 1r and ends on f. 4r.

Table of contents II: the title on f. 4v reads: Sensuit la table et ordonnance des iiii officiers appartenans a la dicte ordre. Starts on f. 4v and ends on f. 5v.

66 ordinances: start on f. 6r with the following words: Phelippe par la grace de dieu due de bourgoingne. And end on f. 27v with the following words: Donne en notre ville de lille, le xxviie jour de novembre Lan de grace mil iiiic trente et ung.

28 ordinances for the four officers: start on f. 28r with the following words: Sensieuent les ordonnances et instructions que tresexcellent, treshault et trespuissant prince monseigneur le due phelippe de bourgoingne. And end on f. 34v with the following words: en toutes choses loyaulment et diligamment a son povoir.


A good characteristic Flemish or northern French hand of the 15th century, with plain dull gold initials on alternate blue and red grounds, and larger and more elaborate gold initials on red or purple grounds.


  • Creation: late 15th century

Language of Materials

Middle French

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

A manuscript written in the north of France or in Flanders, which has had Spanish owners. On the fly-leaf, in a 17th century hand, is written Elamano J. Plumademi Don Migel de Cortes V° de la Ciudad Doanberes [?] F. natural de lamaima Ciudad. Hernando Siprian de Cortes. On the recto of the same leaf is found Dios lamano J. Plumademi Fernando del [. . .]. In both cases the hand resembles a notary's. The Plate of Alexander Deuchar, Edinburgh, Steel Engraver to His Majesty, is upon the inner board with the number 95 and G. 25 on it.

Previous reference

Laing 280.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Original, soft boards covered brown stamped morocco. Possibly Italian. A part of an older manuscript in Latin has been used to guard the strings.

Collation: a6 (wants 1 and 6), b8, c8, d5 (wants 6), e7 (wants 8)=34.


23.33 cm x 16.82 cm


Secundo folio: duchie de bourgoingne

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 34, 24 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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