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Register of the Capitouls of Toulouse elected to the King’s Council at the assemblies of 1371 and 1372
France, Toulouse, 1375-1400
MS M.717 fol. 1r

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Twelve capitouls of Toulouse, each wearing parti-colored robe, sit gesturing. Behind them are three angels holding up brocade cloths. Above are architectural canopies, surmounted by twelve heraldic escutcheons.
Scene, Burlesque: Fighting -- Man, wearing cap, holding sword and shield, fights two winged dragons. The figures form an initial A, filled with foliate ornament and with marginal extenders.
In right margin is man, wearing elaborate headdress, holding spear and shield and standing on one leg on foliage.
In lower margin are two angels, holding quatrefoil lozenge enclosing escutcheon with arms of city of Toulouse (fleur-de-lis in chief, and below, gules with the castle of Narbonne, St. Sernin, and the Lamb of God with a staff with a cross of Toulouse). Birds, foliage, and grotesques flank the angels.

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