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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 88r

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, Forced Abstinence and False Seeming speaking to Slander--Nun, representing Forced Abstinence, raising right hand and holding rosary in left hand, stands beside tonsured monk, representing Personification of False Seeming, with book slung over his right shoulder and hands crossed, holding staff. Both face female, representing Slander, seated on bench before building, and gesturing toward them with right hand. Scene within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves. At bottom of left column, rubric L’AUCTEUR PARLE. Below miniature in left column, painted decorated initial at beginning of text, TANT VA CHASCU(NS) ET TA(N)T SAP(RO)CHE / Q(UI)L SONT VENUZ A MALEBOUCHE …

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