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Hours of Henry VIII
France, Tours, ca. 1500
MS H.8 fol. 175r

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Simon Magus: Fall -- Between two rows of buildings, two winged demons fly away from Simon Magus, winged, falling to ground. Below, several figures including dog, Nero, crowned, holding scepter in right hand and raising left hand, and Apostles Peter and Paul, both nimbed. Peter holds key in left hand and raises right hand toward Simon Magus.
In background is landscape with buildings.
Below miniature, historiated border frames text.
Apostle Paul: Execution, and Apostle Peter: Crucifixion -- Apostle Paul, nimbed, blind-folded, kneels as executioner raises sword above his head. Male figure looks on. To right, Apostle Peter, nimbed, is bound to upside-down cross by ropes. Nero, holding scepter in left hand, looks on. Other figures partially visible behind text.
Flowering plant within decorated initial D, beginning antiphon for Suffrage to Apostles Peter and Paul.

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