A Mátyás Graduálé
The Gradual of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary

National Széchényi Library, Budapest, Hungary. Cod. Lat. 424

Folio 132r


'D' INITIAL / 11th SUNDAY AFTER WHITSUN

Deus in loco sancto suo; deus, qui inhabitare facit unanimes in domo; ipse dabit uirtutem et fortitudinem plebi sue.
Psalm 67 6 Who is the father of orphans, and the judge of widows. God in his holy place: 7 God who maketh men of one manner to dwell in a house: Who bringeth out them that were bound in strength; in like manner them that provoke, that dwell in sepulchres.
36 God is wonderful in his saints: the God of Israel is he who will give power and strength to his people. Blessed be God.

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Armoured Hungarian infantry in a castle.
National Széchényi Library, Budapest

1480-1488. Probably made in Buda. Parchment.
The most richly illuminated manuscript in the Corvina collection is the second volume of a gradual containing the changing plainsong of the mass, probably used in the royal chapel. Besides the title-page, it was decorated with 46 large figural and numerous smaller initials. Some of the initials illustrate the passage of the Bible on which the liturgy is based, while others show scenes of secular life. Symbolical and emblematic images can also be found.



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