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Siege and destruction of Troy, Lydgate’s version
England, ca. 1400-1450
M.876 fol. 59r

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1) At upper left, effigy (?) of Hector, crowned (?), holding sword with right hand and spear with left hand within niche decorated with architectural ornament. Probably tomb of Hector. Man wearing hat at right.
2) Below, half-figure of queen, possibly Hecuba, crowned, flanked by five mourners and woman.
3) Legend, Trojan War: Death of Achilles -- At upper right, in tent, Achilles, body partially draped, reclining; one of three men looking on, extending left hand toward Achilles.
4) Legend, Trojan War: Agamemnon with Counselors -- Agamemnon, wearing hat with crown, seated, surrounded by two kings and three men wearing hats.
Unfinished miniature within frame above two columns of text.

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