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Siege and destruction of Troy, Lydgate’s version
England, ca. 1400-1450
M.876 fol. 113r

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1) Legend, Generides: Amalek invading Castle of Aufreus -- At upper left, Amalek, wearing helmet and armor, holding sword with right hand, enters portal. Behind him is group of soldiers, most only helmet visible, some holding weapons including, spear, axe, double-sided axe, and halberd (?). Wall, with towers, and roofs are visible in background.
2) Legend, Generides: Amalek seizing treasure of Aufreus -- At upper right, two soldiers, wearing helmets and armor, carry chest or trunk next to wall of castle (?); third soldier looks through doorway or window in background.
3) Legend, Generides: Aufreus slaying Traitors -- At lower left, Aufreus, raising sword with right hand is astride horse. Behind him is man with cloven head, arms extended, astride horse; at right is another man with cloven head, next to horse. Before Aufreus, beheaded man falls from horse. Three dogs are at left.
4) Legend, Generides: crowning of Amalek -- Amalek, crowned, is seated, flanked by two bishops, each extending right hand to the crown.
Unfinished miniature within frame inserted into two columns of text.

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