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Death and the legate
Death and the duke

This book presents 23 persons and the pictures to the left and right shows the format: Death stands with his victim on the edge of the page and a band at the bottom states the persons title. To the left is the Papal legate from Rome, "le legat du pape de rome", and to the right it's the duke of Brittany, "le duc de bretaigne".

Since the legate and the duke were among the ten figures that Guy Marchant added to his 1486-edition it is safe to assume that the artist behind the present book of hours has read Guy Marchant's book. It was also here he found the valiant soldier, "Le vaillant homme darmes".

In contrast it's less obvious where he has found the noble count of Blois, "Le noble conte de blais", since there are no counts in the French Danse Macabre. The astrologer has become a teologien.

A great part of the participants belong to one city or another. The pope, the holy father, comes from Rome, "Le saint pere de rome", and so does the emperor: "Le ampereur de rome". The cardinal is Greek, "Le cardinal grec", the king Hungarian, "Le roy de hongrie", the bishop is from Paris: "Le euesque de paris", the citizen from Arras; "Le bourgois de aras", and so on:

Here are the 23 participants:

Le saint pere de rome
Le ampereur de rome
Le cardinal grec
Le roy de hongrie
Le legat du pape de rome
Le duc de bretaigne
Le patria[r]che de anthioche
Le connetable de france
Le archeuesque de rame
Le noble conte de blais
Le euesque de paris
Le cheualier royal
Le abe saint benoist
Le bourgois de aras
Le theologiem
Le prudent home marchant
Le chanoine regle augustin
Le bon loial gentil home
Le gorgias home, de eglise cure
Le vaillant homme darmes
Le piteus home chartreus
Le gentil homme elauer du roy
Sensuit le bon et deuot acteur

The next book was once owned by Francis Douce.

Go forth

The next subject in this series is a book of hours once owned by Francis Douce

The previous subject was Morgan 359.

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