The Hours of Philip the Bold

Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy


Philip the Good inherited the manuscript in 1419 after the death of his father, John the Fearless. He paid his valet de chambre and illuminator Dreux Jean 10 livres and 16 sous for numerous textual and pictorial additions made from c. 1445 onwards and for the rebinding of the manuscript in two volumes in 1451. The miniature on fol. 253v includes the arms and portrait of Philip the Good, who is shown wearing the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece which he founded in 1430. The images painted by Dreux Jean on fols. 238v and 256r feature Philip’s devices: the double ‘e’ monogram and the golden fusils and flints of the Order of the Golden Fleece.