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Text and foliate borders: France, probably Rouen, ca. 1460. Six large miniatures: Bruges, Belgium, ca. 1470-1480. Nine small miniatures, blue borders, widow’s knots, monograms, plaques, scrolls, and heraldic arms: France, possibly Rouen, ca. 1519.
MS M.224 II, fol. 53r

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Personification: Fortune, and Queen Eurydice, Queen of Macedonia: Poisoning Sons -- Fortune, with name, FORTUNE, inscribed on her dress, wearing headdress, in left hand holds wheel. Seated at top of the wheel is Alexander the Great, wearing crown and ermine cape, holding globe in right hand and scepter in left hand; shown again at bottom of wheel, Alexander, wearing crown and ermine cape, lies on floor beside globe.
At right, Queen Eurydice, wearing crown and headdress, sits on canopied throne beside seven men, wearing hats, some gesturing, behind low wooden wall. Before her are five men, including Ptolemy Alorites, Alexander, and Perdiccas, one wearing hat, holding pitcher in left hand, standing beside dog, one holding goblet in left hand, one lying dead on floor, one falling backward toward floor, and the fifth, wearing hat, with purse at waist, holding goblet in left hand. Scene in room with stone walls and arched opening, surmounted by statue.
In right margin is fantastic bird, with two heads, one with single horn; in lower margin, flanking arms of Fran³´ois de Baraton, man, wearing hat, on all fours on ground, looks toward fanastic animal, lying on ground, wearing saddle, at right.
Margins decorated with floreate ornament; outer margins of blue, with pattern of stars and the letter S.

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