In a previous post, I suggested that "a rampant lion in one of the initials [below the miniature of The Deposition] could possibly be heraldic".
Perhaps because I only have a small black and white image, I had previously overlooked that these arms also occur in the initial below the Pentecost miniature:
The presence of exactly the same arms a third time, in one of the new Sotheby's initials, beneath the miniature at the beginning of the Office of the Dead, makes it even more likely that the arms are "real" rather than invented:
At least two French families seem to have borne these arms:
As explained in the previous post, the manuscript has been incorrectly attributed to Bourges in the past; the most recent Sotheby's catalogue suggested that Châlons-en-Champagne is a more likely place of origin. There is, very unusually, a miniature at the beginning of the Litany, shown at the top of this post. It depicts a group of saints:
|St Etienne, Châlons|