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  1. Bonne of Luxemburg or Jutta of Luxemburg (20 May 1315 – 11 September 1349), was born Jutta (Judith), the second daughter of King John of Bohemia, [1] and his first wife, Elisabeth of Bohemia. [2] She was the first wife of King John II of France; however, as she died a year prior to his accession, she was never a French queen.

  2. The Prayer Book of Bonne of Luxembourg, Duchess of Normandy. Attributed to Jean Le Noir French. The coat of arms that often appears in this book indicates that it was made for Bonne of Luxembourg, a Bohemian princess who married John, duke of Normandy in 1332. She died of plague in 1349; her husband later became John the Good, king of France.

    • Bonne of Luxembourg1
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    • The Manuscript Context
    • Mysticism and Queer Readings
    • Artists, Patrons, and Owners
    • Notes
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    Although we often think of paintings today as freestanding, portable objects, paintings in medieval books were not meant to be isolated from their manuscript context. When closed, Bonne’s prayer book measures just over five inches high—smaller than an adult’s hand. This small size distinguishes personal prayer books from books sized for display, li...

    Devotion to Christ’s side wound emerges from late medieval Christian mysticism, writings by monastic men and especially women articulating their personal, visionary, and ecstatic experiences of the divine. In mystical writings, Christ’s body often takes on feminine qualities, becoming permeable, generative, and nourishing. Catherine of Siena’s biog...

    The images and texts of Bonne of Luxembourg’s prayer book contained many layered messages for its royal reader. While the content of images and texts alike would have been planned by a devotional adviser, the paintings are attributed to Parisian illuminator Jean le Noir and his workshop, which by 1358 included his daughter, Bourgot, in a prominent ...

    Raymond of Capua, The Life of Catherine of Siena, trans. Conleth Kearns, quoted in Karma Lochrie, “Mystical Acts, Queer Tendencies,” in Constructing Medieval Sexuality, ed. Karma Lochrie, Peggy McC...

    Read more about Private Devotion in Medieval Christianity on the Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline Roland Betancourt. “Transgender Lives in the Middle Ages through Art, Literature, and Medicine.” The Getty Iris(blog), March 6, 2019. Gabrielle Bychowski. “Were There Transgender People in the Middle Ages?” The Public Medievalist(blog), November 1, 2018. Kadin...

  3. Bonne of Luxemburg or Jutta of Luxemburg (20 May 1315 – 11 September 1349), was born Jutta (Judith), the second daughter of King John of Bohemia, and his first wife, Elisabeth of Bohemia. She was the first wife of King John II of France; however, as she died a year prior to his accession, she was never a French queen.

  4. Jean le Bon’s wife, Bonne de Luxembourg, who died months before his accession to the throne, commissioned the foremost painter of the time, Jean Le Noir, to illuminate her book of hours . Charles V and His Brothers

  5. May 21, 2021 · Bonne de Luxembourg, first wife of King Jean II the Good (le Bon), was born on the 20th of May 1315. She was the second daughter of John the Blind, King of Bohemia, and his first spouse, Elisabeth of Bohemia. When the baby girl first saw the world, she was not born in Luxembourg, and she was not named Bonne either.

  6. Born in 1315; died of the plague in 1349; daughter of Elizabeth of Bohemia (1292–1339) and John I of Luxemburg also known as John of Bohemia, king of Bohemia (r. 1310–1346); sister of Charles IV Luxemburg, Holy Roman emperor (r. 1347–1378), and John Henry, margrave of Moravia (d. 1375); became first wife of John II the Good (1319–1364), king of ...

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