The Royal Choirbook
A superb facsimile of the Royal Choirbook – a beautiful large-format collection of Latin motets composed for Henry VIII and presented to him in 1518.
Several manuscripts survive to testify to Henry’s love of music, but the most important is the Royal Choirbook, now British Library Royal MS 11 E XI. This magnificent collection of motets was presented to the 27-year-old Henry and Catherine of Aragon in 1518. It is exceptional for the sheer size and luxury of its production, its exquisite and ingenious heraldic illuminations, and not least, its personal significance to Henry. This Choirbook has been reproduced for the first time in facsimile, a precious link with the great musical legacy of King Henry VIII.
Quarter-bound in buckram with vegetable parchment
Sides blocked in gold and coloured foils
36 pages with illustrated frontispiece and ornamented initial letters
Edge-gilding on all sides
Presented in a slipcase blocked in gold
Commentary volume: three-quarter bound in buckram with printed paper front board
120 pages with 26 integrated colour pictures
19¾˝ x 13¾˝
Includes free CD: Henry’s Music: Motets from a Royal Choirbook