Manuscripts Image Puzzles - 06/07 (1/2)

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Inspired by a delightful conference at Duke this past week, Creating is Remembering, the next set of puzzles will be drawn from French literary manuscripts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Since I fell behind on producing new puzzles while in Durham, today's offering is a two-for-one. In this first example, as Larry Earp tells us, "Fortune, blindfolded, turns a wheel with three people on it: at the top a king, on the right side a man falling off, and on the left side another man climbing up." [Earp, Guillaume de Machaut: A Guide to Research, p. 153].

This manuscript, BNF fr. 1586 (f. 30v), was produced in the 1350s and is one of the first deluxe presentation manuscripts that contain the collected works of French poet/composer Guillaume de Machaut. You can explore this manuscript on the Gallica site here.

This post was inspired by Michael Appleby's IIIF-powered puzzles and uses code from Brad Manderscheid's HTML5 tutorial. All images used for these puzzles are delivered via IIIF