Death participates in the war with her dart and her parchment scroll. A soldier is hit by a lance, and Death gives him the death blow.
Half a century later, Holbein created a scene with Death attacking a soldier in the middle of the battlefield. Death attacks with a bone, but in many of the copies, e.g. those by Birckmann's heirs, Death is instead armed with a giant dart.
| The Soldier|
I cannot defend myself against Death.
Her sting is sitting on top of me.
I would prefer that I fought
316 now with five or with six.
The winner, "Le champion", is not too happy either:
| The Warrior|
Since this is how I will die,
I had better pay attention to Fate.
But as long as I am able to fight,
320 in all right, I will defend myself.