This prayer book was commissioned by Anne de Bretagne, wife of two successive kings of France, Charles VIII and Louis XII, to teach her son, the dauphin Charles-Orland (1492–1495), his catechism. It was painted in Tours by Jean Poyer, an artist documented as working for the queen. The book is richly illustrated, and its thirty-four airy, light-flooded miniatures are among the most delicate examples of late-fifteenth-century art.
Slaying of St. Peter Martyr (fol. 24v, left)
St. Peter of Verona's fame as a
preacher and miracle worker
was such that Pope Gregory IX
appointed him inquisitor general
for the Milanese territories. The
saint, depicted here in the white
habit and black cloak of the
Dominican order, was assassinated on 6 April 1252 by killers
hired by the heretical Cathari.
Peter was slain by a fatal blow
to the head: His smashed skull
is one of the prized relics
housed by St. Eustorgio's in