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Roman de la Rose
France, Paris, ca. 1380
MS M.132 fol. 97r

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Roman de la Rose: Scene, Dido committing Suicide -- At left, Dido, with coiffed hair, eyes closed and hands on ground, falls on upright sword, piercing through abdomen. Roman de la Rose: Scene, Phyllis committing Suicide -- At right, Phyllis, with flowing hair, eyes closed and arms crossed, hangs from rope on gallows. Scene within gold frame decorated with gold ivy leaves. Marginal extension decorated with ivy leaves. Above miniature in left column, rubric caption of scene, CO(M)MENT DYDO SICOIN (?) RECORS / SEBONTA VNE ESPEE ON CORPS / ET PHILLIS PAR FORCE DAMOUR / SE PENDI SANZ FAIRE DEMOUR. Below miniature in left column, champide initial P at beginning of text, PHILLIS AUSSI TANT ACTENDI / DEMOPHON Q(U)ELE SEN PENDI …

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