Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Henri II and Catherine de'Medici Enter Lyon

I remember reading somewhere--I'm not sure where--that Jacques Besson was somehow involved in the pageant surround Henri and Catherine's celebrated entrance to Lyons.

The definitive record of the event has been placed online by the British Library. I haven't found Besson's name in it.

Not to be outdone, the Library of Congress has put together a very admirable digital collection dedicated to wood cuts. I'm particularly partial to their scan of Vegetius's De Re Militaria. The page form used in the work resembles the later Theatrum Machinarum. Perhaps some of my ideas concerning Huguenot influence and printing laws are a bit off-base!


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