The design is based on fol. 135 of Pierpont Morgan Library MS 374, a missal dating to before 1431, reproduced on p. 233 of Smeyers, Flemish Miniatures.
I'd been wanting to draw one of those complicated floral borders for awhile, but most of them are very dense and detailed. When I found this image, which is bright and colorful but relatively sparse, I was excited about trying it. I drew out the lay-out on Jul. 24, inked and painted the border, did the calligraphy, and added the gold on Jul. 25, and then did the whitework on Jul. 26.
The text reads:
Due commendations and greetings to the princes, barons, and lords of Drachenwald from Prothall and Cecilia your king and queen. By these presents let all known that for her noteworthy skill and knowledge of sundry and diverse arts and sciences we create Elenore of Lyonesse a companion of our Order of the Panache with all rights and responsibilities attendant thereto including the right to bear the badge of the order, issuant to chief from a torteau charged with a bezant pierced sable three feathers gules, or, and sable.
Done the 6th day of March, a.s. 33, and in witness whereof we have set our hands.
© 2009, Sara L. Uckelman.