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England, perhaps London, ca. 1470
MS M.126 fol. 42r

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Confessio Amantis: Scene, Nessus the Centaur taking Deianira from Hercules -- Hercules, wearing helmet decorated with plumes and banner, armor and animal skin tunic, raising right hand, holding bow in left hand, stands on bank of stream. Across stream, Nessus, half human, half animal, with arms raised, and with arrow in chest, stands in stream next to Deianira on bank with hands raised.
Scene in landscape with trees, and with brightly colored stones, or gemstones, on banks of stream, all beneath blue sky with stars.
Champie initial A with spray-work. Scroll furling around ascender of letter L in top line of text, inscribed VIUE/ LE/ ROY/ ED/UARD VR/AIE.

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