The Primer of Claude of France

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fol. 3r/p. 2 Alphabet (ABC)

fols. 3r-3v/pp. 2-3 Our Father

fols. 3v-4r/pp. 3-4 Hail Mary

fols. 4r-5r/pp. 4-6 Apostles’ Creed

fols. 5r-6v/pp. 6-9 Grace at Mealtimes

fols. 6v-7v/pp. 9-11 Act of Confession, beginning, Misereatur nostri omnipote[n]s deus

fols. 7v-8r/pp. 11-12 Prayer for Mass, beginning, Sanctus Sanctus Sanctus

fols. 8r-8v/pp. 12-13 Prayer for Mass, beginning, Agnus dei qui tollis peccata mundi

fol. 8v/p. 13 Prayer for Mass, beginning, In manus tuas domine co[m]mendo

These legendary episodes derive from Arnoul Gréban’s Mystère de la Passion, a religious play performed in Paris in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The Parliament of Heaven is represented by God encircled by female personifications of Justice, Peace, Mercy, and Truth. Addressing God, Justice and Truth argue that Adam and Eve should be punished, in contrast to Peace and Mercy who ask him to be lenient.