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Siege and destruction of Troy, Lydgate’s version
England, ca. 1400-1450
M.876 fol. 87r

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1) Legend, Trojan War: Ajax and Ulysses before Agamemnon -- At left, Agamemnon, crowned, holding scepter with right hand, is seated on throne with canopy, extending left hand toward Ulysses, wearing armor, holding battle-axe with right hand, kneeling. Ajax (?), wearing armor stands at left. Two soldiers, one holding sword, and three men, stand at right.
2) Legend, Trojan War: Greek ships run aground by False Beacons -- At right, one of two soldiers, wearing scimitar at waist, holds one gauntlet; another gauntlet is on ground. In background are five ships with furled sails.
Unfinished miniature within frame above two columns of text.

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