Brussels, KBR (Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België/Bibliothèque royale de Belgique), MS IV 90

Song Book of Joanna the Mad Facsimile Edition

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The manuscript known as the Song Book of Joanna the Mad is the partbook for the highest voice of four-voice polyphonic songs written, illuminated, and bound in Bruges in 1511. The repertoire of chansons and chanson-motets in French, Dutch, and Latin suggests that the book was made for a member of the Hapsburg-Burgundian court, but there is no firm evidence for the book's having been commissioned by or produced for Joanna I, Queen of Castile, known as Joanna (or Joan) the Mad. Its fifty painted borders include expertly painted Christian subjects, courtly themes, and naturalia.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Song Book of Joanna the Mad": Cancionero De Juana La Loca facsimile edition, published by Patrimonio Ediciones, 2006

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Manuscript book description compiled by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale.
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Cancionero De Juana La Loca

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 2006

  • Commentary (English, German, Spanish) by Meconi, Honey; Pico, Miguel A.
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Song Book of Joanna the Mad: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.


The facsimile preserves the original binding. It is distinguished by fire engravings of animal and bird motifs intertwined with small vegetable scrolls on both covers, which are lined in leather.

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