TALE AS OLD AS TIME

Rosa "Red rose", illumination from a collection of motets, ms. Royal 11 E XI, f. 3r, 1516, British Library, London.   The illumination above consists of a circular staff in contra-tenor enclosing a rose. The page belongs to a collection of motets by a so-called "Magister Sampson", thought to be a composer from the Netherlands, and by Benedictus de Opitiis. The choirbook was produced around 1516 in honor of King Henry VIII, to whom a hymn is dedicated in the opening page of the volume.
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